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 five tracks:

  1. Geographic Information
  2. Urban
  3. Environmental
  4. Physical Systems
  5. Globalization, Cultures, and Societies

Geography majors may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The physical systems track is recommended for Bachelor of Science students. In satisfying their major requirements, all students must complete at least 37 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 GPA. Majors must have a 2.0 GPA in all geography credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Core Curriculum
Select one of the following courses in human geography:3
GEOG 105
Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 110
The World: Peoples and Regions
GEOG 114
Geography of Race in the United States
GEOG 115
Globalization and Economic Development
GEOG 140
Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography 1
Select one of these courses in physical or environmental geography:3
GEOG 120
Our Physical Environment 2
GEOG 125
Introduction to Environmental Geography
Select one of the following regional or world geography courses:3
GEOG 213
Geography of Asia
GEOG 214
Wisconsin
GEOG 216
Geography of the United States and Canada
GEOG 231
Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics
GEOG 309
Nationalities and Nations of the World
GEOG 330
Europe: East and West
GEOG 400
Population, Environment, Development
GEOG 410
Gendered Geographies
GEOG 421
Geography of Latin America
GEOG 470
Geography of South Asia
GEOG 531
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
GEOG 403
Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis
GEOG 405
Cartography
GEOG 437
Qualitative Methods in Geography
GEOG 525
Geographic Information Science 3
GEOG 547
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
GEOG 650
Geography Field Work 4
GEOG 654
Tropical Field Course:
GEOG 489
Internship in Geography, Upper Division 5
GEOG 497
Study Abroad: 5
Major Tracks
Select a Major Track9-15
Total Credits33-40

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

Urban Track

Select two of the following:6
GEOG 430
Geography of Transportation
GEOG 441
Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
GEOG 443
Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
GEOG 540
Globalization and the City
Select one of the following:3
GEOG 464
Environmental Problems
GEOG 520
Physical Geography of the City
GEOG 564
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9

Environmental Track

Select three of the following:9
GEOG 350
Conservation of Natural Resources
GEOG 520
Physical Geography of the City
GEOG 464
Environmental Problems
GEOG 564
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9

Physical Systems Track

Required
Select three of the following:9
GEOG 310
General Climatology
GEOG 340
Biogeography
GEOG 415
Hydrogeography
GEOG 420
Methods and Principles in Land Form Geography
GEOG 424
Karst Geomorphology
GEOG 450
Climates of the Past and Climate Change
GEOG 475
Geography of Soils
Electives
Select 6 credits 16
Total Credits15

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:
GEOG 213
Geography of Asia
GEOG 330
Europe: East and West
GEOG 421
Geography of Latin America
GEOG 470
Geography of South Asia
World:
GEOG 231
Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics
GEOG 309
Nationalities and Nations of the World
GEOG 400
Population, Environment, Development
GEOG 410
Gendered Geographies
Urban:
GEOG 430
Geography of Transportation
GEOG 441
Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
GEOG 443
Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
GEOG 520
Physical Geography of the City
GEOG 540
Globalization and the City
GEOG 564
Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Total Credits9