geography-minor

This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options of Elementary Education. The Department of Geography is housed in the College of Letters & Science. Students may wish to consult with the undergraduate advisor in the geography department, 144 Science Hall, 262-4438, to discuss course selection and other issues related to this field of study.

This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options of Elementary Education. Students admitted to the Content Focus option are asked to identify the minor of their choice when admitted to the program. Students admitted to the other Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options should fill out a minor declaration form available in Education Academic Services, Room 139 Education Building.

 

The geography minor requires a minimum of 24 credits to include GEOG 342 and the required course distribution listed below. Each course may be counted in only one of the groups. Coursework must include at least two upper-level courses, numbered 300–699. 

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all geography minor coursework taken on the UW–Madison campus.

Required Course

GEOG 342 Geography of Wisconsin (Or an acceptable substitute selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Geography. This course may be also used to fulfill the requirement in Area Studies and Global Systems)3

Course Distribution Requirements

Complete one course from each of the six groups:

Physical Geography: Earth Systems and Environmental Processes

Courses address the locational arrangements of earth phenomena and their interaction as physical systems.

Physical Geography: Earth Systems and Environmental Processes course options

GEOG/​ENVIR ST  120 Introduction to the Earth System3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  121 Atmospheric Environment and Society2
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  127 Physical Systems of the Environment5
GEOG/​GEOSCI  320 Geomorphology3
GEOG 321 Climatology3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  325 Analysis of the Physical Environment4
GEOG/​GEOSCI  326 Landforms-Topics and Regions3
GEOG 329 Landforms and Landscapes of North America3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  331 Climatic Environments of the Past3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts3
GEOG/​BOTANY  338 Environmental Biogeography3
GEOG 344 The American West3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  420 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  523 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  524 Advanced Landform Geography3
GEOG/​SOIL SCI  525 Soil Geomorphology3
GEOG/​SOIL SCI  526 Human Transformations of Earth Surface Processes3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  527 The Quaternary Period3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  528 Past Climates and Climatic Change3

People–Environment Interaction

Courses examine human use, perception, and modification of environments.

People-Environment Interaction course options

GEOG/​ENVIR ST  139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography3-4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
GEOG 319 Environmental Evaluation and Adaptation3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  337 Nature, Power and Society3
GEOG/​BOTANY  338 Environmental Biogeography3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  339 Environmental Conservation4
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
GEOG 344 The American West3
GEOG 359 Australia: Environment and Society3
GEOG/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  439 US Environmental Policy and Regulation3-4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  460 American Environmental History4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  469 The Making of the American Landscape4
GEOG 508 Landscape and Settlement in the North American Past3
GEOG/​SOIL SCI  526 Human Transformations of Earth Surface Processes3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  534 Environmental Governance: Markets, States and Nature3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  537 Culture and Environment4
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3

Human Geography

Courses examine the location and organization of human settlements and activities.

Human Geography course options

GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography4
GEOG 301 Geography of Social Organization3
GEOG 302 Economic Geography: Locational Behavior4
GEOG/​URB R PL  305 Introduction to the City3-4
GEOG 318 Introduction to Geopolitics3
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
GEOG 348 Latin America4
GEOG 349 Europe3
GEOG 353 Russia and the NIS-Topical Analysis3
GEOG 355 Africa, South of the Sahara3
GEOG 358 Human Geography of Southeast Asia3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  469 The Making of the American Landscape4
GEOG 501 Space and Place: A Geography of Experience3
GEOG/​URB R PL  503 Researching the City: Qualitative Strategies3
GEOG/​URB R PL  505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories3
GEOG/​URB R PL  506 Historical Geography of European Urbanization3
GEOG 510 Economic Geography4
GEOG 518 Power, Place, Identity3

Area Studies and Global Systems

Courses focus on the ways in which regions, places, and landscapes have acquired distinctive characteristics and problems as a result of their locations and resource potentials, and of their settlement, appraisal, and use by particular peoples and cultures.

Area Studies and Global Systems course options

GEOG/​HISTORY/​LCA/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4
GEOG/​HISTORY/​LCA/​POLI SCI/​SOC  252 The Civilizations of India-Modern Period4
GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SLAVIC  253 Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey4
GEOG/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
GEOG/​AFRICAN/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  277 Africa: An Introductory Survey4
GEOG 342 Geography of Wisconsin3
GEOG 348 Latin America4
GEOG 355 Africa, South of the Sahara3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3

Cartography and Geographic Information Science

Courses examine the creation and use of maps.

Cartography and Geographic Information Science course options

GEOG 170 Our Digital Globe: An Overview of GIScience and its Technology3
GEOG 370 Introduction to Cartography4
GEOG/​CIV ENGR/​ENVIR ST  377 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 378 Introduction to Geocomputing4
GEOG 572 Graphic Design in Cartography3-4
GEOG 574 Geospatial Database Design and Development4
GEOG 575 Interactive Cartography & Geovisualization4
GEOG 576 Geospatial Web and Mobile Programming4
GEOG 577 Environmental Modeling with GIS3
GEOG 578 GIS Applications4
GEOG 579 GIS and Spatial Analysis4

Methodology

Courses examine the skills, techniques and methodology necessary to conduct geographic investigation.

Methodology course options

GEOG 170 Our Digital Globe: An Overview of GIScience and its Technology3
GEOG 360 Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis (offered only in spring)4
GEOG 370 Introduction to Cartography4
GEOG/​CIV ENGR/​ENVIR ST  377 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 565 Colloquium for Undergraduate Majors (offered only in fall)3