Major Requirements

Geography Major Requirements

Students must meet with the department's undergraduate advisor to declare geography as a major. All majors must complete the 24- or 25-credit core curriculum and the additional requirements as defined in one of the four tracks:

  1. Geographic Information
  2. Urban
  3. Climate-Environment
  4. Globalization, Cultures, and Societies

Geography majors may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In satisfying their major requirements, all students must complete at least 33 credits in geography, 18 of which must be at or above the 300 level, with at least 15 of those taken in residence at UWM. Courses taken outside geography that fulfill geography requirements will be included in the major GPA. Majors must have a 2.0 GPA in all geography credits attempted at UWM, as well as in any transfer work counting toward the Geography major.

Core Curriculum
Select one of the following courses in human geography:3
Introduction to Human Geography
The World: Peoples and Regions
Geography of Race in the United States
Globalization and Economic Development
Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography 1
Select one of these courses in physical or environmental geography:3
Our Physical Environment
Introduction to Environmental Geography
Select one of the following regional or world geography courses:3
Geography of Asia
Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics
Nationalities and Nations of the World
Europe: East and West
Population, Environment, Development
Gendered Geographies
Geography of Latin America
Geography of South Asia
Insurgent Cities - Global Geographies of Urban Social Movements
The following two courses are required for all tracks:
GEOG 215Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 247Quantitative Analysis in Geography3
Select one of the following techniques courses:3-4
Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis
Cartography
Qualitative Methods in Geography
Geographic Information Science 2
Spatial Analysis
The following course is required for all tracks.
GEOG 600Perspectives on Geography (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select one of the following:3
Geography Field Work 3
Internship in Geography, Upper Division 4
Study Abroad: 4
Major Tracks
Select a Major Track9-15
Total Credits33-40
1

Students in the Urban Track are required to take GEOG 140.

2

Students in the Geographic Information Track must take GEOG 525.

3

Fieldwork is only offered in the June summer sessions. Check with the department for further details.

4

Students must obtain PRIOR approval to select either of these two courses. With approval, students can fulfill this requirement by completing a minimum of 90 hours of field research in one of the following courses: GEOG 489 or GEOG 497.

Major Tracks

Geographic Information Track

GEOG 625Intermediate Geographic Information Science4
Select two upper-level techniques courses 17-8
GEOG 698GIS/Cartography Internship3
Total Credits14-15
1

In addition to GEOG 525, listed in requirement of the core curriculum, (7-8 cr. beyond core).

Urban Track

Select two of the following:6
Geography of Transportation
Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Globalization and the City
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Problems
Physical Geography of the City
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9

Climate-Environment Track

Select three of the following:9
Human Impact on the Environment
Natural Hazards 1
General Climatology 1
Biogeography 1
Conservation of Natural Resources
Hydrogeography 1
Climates of the Past and Climate Change 1
Applied Climatology 1
Environmental Problems
Watershed Analysis and Modeling 1
Physical Geography of the City 1
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9
1

These courses are approved to satisfy the L&S Advanced Natural Sciences requirement for the B.S. Students pursuing the B.S. option will need to complete at least 15 credits in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) in Geography, and 30 of their 36 credits in upper-division L&S courses must be in approved L&S Advanced Natural Science courses.

Globalization, Cultures, and Societies Track

Select any three of the following regional, world, or urban geography courses, with at least two at the 400-level or above. 1,2,39
Regional:
Geography of Asia
Europe: East and West
Geography of Latin America
Geography of South Asia
World:
Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics
Nationalities and Nations of the World
Population, Environment, Development
Gendered Geographies
Urban:
Geography of Transportation
Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Physical Geography of the City
Globalization and the City
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9
1

In addition to the regional or world course taken to satisfy major core requirement above. 

2

If the course taken to meet core requirement is a Regional course, then the course selected to complete track requirement should be a World course, or vice versa, for a total of one Regional course and one World course in the major.

3

If not selected for core requirement above.