Courses listed here are offered by the Department of Geography. The UW-Madison Course Guide is the final authority on course descriptions and offerings.
Students should be aware that some courses are offered every semester, while others are offered once a year, once every other year, or at irregular intervals. Contact the department or view courses by concentration for details.
The course descriptions should be considered only as a guide to the course content since different instructors may emphasize slightly different aspects. Syllabi of courses can also be viewed to assess the general content of a course.
100 Level Courses
101 Introduction to Human Geography I, II; 4 cr (ComB-S-E). Human geographers explore socio-spacial relations, processes and representations of the world in which we live. This course engages economic, political, urban, socio-cultural environmental geographic perspectives to investigate patterns and processes that have come to be associated with 'globalization'. P: Open to Fr. Spring Syllabus |
104 Introduction to the Human Geography Occasional; 3 cr (S-E). Human geographers explore socio-spacial relations, processes and representations of the world in which we live. This course engages economic, political, urban, socio-cultural and environmental geographic perspectives to investigate patterns and processes that have come to be associated with 'globalization'. This course does not carry Com-B credit. P: Open to Fr. Students cannot receive credit for both Geog 101 & 104.
120 Introduction to the Earth System (Crosslisted with Envir St 120.) I, II, SS; 3 cr (P-E). Introduces students to how the Earth system works and what makes Earth livable. Through this course you will gain a deeper appreciation for how the atmospher earth's surface interact to shape our local, regional and global landscapes. Many students take this course to fulfill their physical science requirement. Others use it as a gateway to majors and careers in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science. P: Open to Freshmen and not open to students with credit in Geog/Envir St 127. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
121 Atmospheric Environment and Society (Crosslisted with Atm Ocn, Envir St) Occasional; 2 cr (P-E). Changing interactions between humans, other animals and plants, and the atmospheric environment, both in time and space. P: Open to Fr.
127 Physical Systems of the Environment (Crosslisted with Envir St) I; 5 cr (P-E). Climatic regimes, landforms, soils, waters and life forms at the earth's surface in terms of energy-transforming processes, locational patterns, and changes through time. P: Open to Fr & not open to those with Geog 120, 123, 124, or 125 cr or ILS 132 cr. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography (Crosslisted with Envir St) I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-E). Provides an exploration of the global and local nature of environmental problems facing us, including issues of climate change, food, energy, economic globalization, deforestation and land use change, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and access, environmental justice, and population. Through group and individual work, this course considers how we should analyze and act on environmental problems as we confront the apparently daunting scale of such issues. The theme of this course is that what appear to be single global environmental problems are actually composed of many smaller context-specific and place-dependent problems or conflicts. Through an interdisciplinary and geographic perspective, these can be understood and addressed at the scale of our lived lives. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
170 Our Digital Globe: An Overview of GIScience and its Technology I, II, SS; 3 cr (P-E). Non-specialist course providing an overview of the collection, representation and use of geospatial data. Introduces students to geospatial technologies like GPS, Google Earth, satellite imagery, and GIS, and provides a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of spatial representations (e.g., maps, images). Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
198 Directed Study 1-2 cr (E). P: Open to Fr & So. Graded on a Cr/N basis; requires cons inst.
199 Directed Study 1-2 cr (E). P: Open to Fr & So. Graded on a lettered basis; requires cons inst.
200 Level Courses
230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource (Crosslisted with Soil Sci, Envir St) I; 3 cr (P-I). The role of soils in ecosystems (habitat, moisture and nutrient reserve, biologically active part of the groundwater system) and the impact of human activity on the soil environment. P: Not open to students with credits in Soil Sci 301.
240 Plants and Man (Crosslisted with Botany) I; 2-3 cr (B-E). A speculative, systems-oriented approach to the interrelation of plants and humans in their evolution and cultural development, with an historical geographic perspective concluding with a consideration of 20th century America's plant-human interplay. Lecture; third credit includes demo lab. P: Open to Fr.
244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Crosslisted with History, Poli Sci, Soc, Langasia) I or II; 3 cr (Z-E). Southeast Asian history, religion, folklore and literatures, educational systems, and politics from the early classical states to contemporary social, literary, and political developments. P: Open to Fr.
253 Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey (Crosslisted with Poli Sci, History, and Slavic) Occasional; 4 cr (Z-E). Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of Russian civilization from its beginnings through the present day. P: Open to Fr.
254 Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey (Crosslisted with History, Poli Sci, Slavic) Alt yrs; 4 cr (Z-E). Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of East European culture, society, politics, and literature from its beginnings through the present day. P: Open to Fr.
260 Latin America: An Introduction (Crosslisted with Spanish, Anthro, History, Poli Sci, Rur Soc, Afroamer, Soc) II or SS; 4 cr (S-E). Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.
277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (Crosslisted with Sociology, African studies, Afroamerican studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science) I, II; 4 cr (Z-I). African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure. P: Open to Fr.
300 Level Courses
301 Geography of Social Organization II; 3 cr (S-I). Culture, culture group, ethnicity, communication, and allied concepts as these relate to cultural geography. P: Not open to Fr. Spring Syllabus |
302 Economic Geography: Locational Behavior Occasional; 4 cr (S-I). Classic location theory with modern extensions. Examination of theoretical statements and selected empirical examples. Principles of economic regionalization and network analysis with emphasis on spatial implications of the economic development process. P: Sophmore standing.
303 The Human Role in Changing the Face of the Earth Occasional; 3 cr (S-I). A view of people in prehistory and through the historical record (to 1900 A.D.) as active agents in the alteration of the ecosphere. P: Sophmore standing.
305 Introduction to the City (Crosslisted with URPL) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Analysis of the distributions of cities, their functions, character and relationships with their surrounding regions, and the areal patterns within cities; the spatial variation of population, economic activity, and land uses. P: So st; qualified Fr admitted with cons inst. Fall Syllabus |
309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems (Crosslisted with Envir St) Occasional; 3 cr (S-I). Capacity of the world, and its various parts, to feed itself. Representative studies of agricultural systems in different regions of the world in relation to differing natural and cultural milieu. P: Sophmore standing. Summer 2016 Syllabus | Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
312 Regional Development and Planning (Crosslisted with URPL) I, II; 3 cr (S-I). Analysis of the human organization of the environment and an evaluation of those principles of regional science which have been developed to promote more desirable forms of spatial organization. P: Sophmore standing.
318 Introduction to Geopolitics I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-I). An introduction to the contemporary study of geopolitics, featuring the main concepts and research themes encountered in this field. During the semester we will examine the formation of geopolitical images of the world, where these images come from, and how they have shaped our thinking and politics over time. P: Sophmore standing. Fall Syllabus |
319 Environmental Evaluation and Adaptation Occasional; 3 cr (S-I). The study of how human beings make sense of geographic reality; how they make worlds out of environments. P: Sophmore standing.
320 Geomorphology (Crosslisted with Geosci) I; 3 cr (P-I). Principles and analysis of geomorphic processes and resulting land forms. Field trip. P: One of the following: Geosci 100, 101, 106, 201, Geog 120, 127. Spring Syllabus |
321 Climatology I; 3 cr (P-I). Elements and controls of climate and the distribution of world climates. Emphasis on regional dynamic climatology. P: Geog 120, 121, 125, 127 or ILS 132 or Meteor 100 or cons inst.
323 Science of Climate Change (Crosslisted with AOSS) I; 3 cr (C-I). This is a calculus-based treatment of climate system physics and the mechanisms of modern-day anthropogenic climate change. By the end of this course, students will understand: a. How solar radiation and rotating fluid dynamics determine the basic climate state; b. Mechanisms of natural variability and change in climate; c. Why anthropogenic climate change is occurring; and d. Which scientific uncertainties are most important to estimates of 21st century change. Pre-Reqs: PHYS 103, 201 or 207; and MATH 221 not open to students who have enrolled in ATM OCN 425
325 Analysis of the Physical Environment (Crosslisted with Envir St) Occasional; 4 cr (P-I). Selected associations of natural and human environments illustrative of the broad principles of physical geography. Practical application of data collection and the use of laboratory and field methods to Wisconsin examples employing quantitative and nonquantitative analytical methods; field trips; lab section. P: Any intro crse in phy geog or phy geol or meteor or cons inst.
326 Landforms-Topics and Regions (Crosslisted with Geosci) Occasional; 3 cr (P-I). Emphasis on natural and human processes that control the morphology of the land and its waterways. P: Intro phy geog or phy geol crse, or cons inst.
329 Landforms and Landscapes of North America I or II; 3 cr (P-I). Regional variation of landforms and physical landscapes in North America; processes and forms that give character to physiographic regions. P: Geog 120 or 127 or Geosci 101 or cons inst. Fall Syllabus |
331 Climatic Environments of the Past (Crosslisted with Envir St, Atm Ocn) I or II or SS; 2 cr (P-I). Climatic trends and patterns of the most recent 10,000 years. Studies based upon a wide variety of surrogate climatic information. P: Atm Ocn/Geog/Envir St 121, or Geog 120, 123, 124 or 127 or Atm Ocn 100. | Course website | Fall Syllabus |
332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts (Crosslisted with Envir St, Atm Ocn) I or II; 3 cr (P-I). The global warming debate is shifting from whether warming is occurring and why, to assessing consequences and policy options. Course reviews milestones in climate-change science, current state of knowledge, climate-change risks, and adaptation/mitigation strategies. Prereq> Geog/Envir St 120 or 127 or Atm Ocn 100 or equivs recommended. Fr permitted only with cons inst. | Course website | Spring Syllabus |
337 Nature, Power and Society (Crosslisted with Envir St) I; 3cr. Considers the complex interactions between contemporary societies and the environment, attentive to power relations, both in the USA and internationally. P: Sophmore standing. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
338 Environmental Biogeography (Crosslisted with Botany 338) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Vegetation in environmental systems; vegetation dynamics in natural and human-altered environments; impacts of human activities upon vegetation in North America with emphasis on changes since European settlement. P: Geog 120, 127 or cons inst. Fall Syllabus |
339 Environmental Conservation (Crosslisted with Envir St) I, II, SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Ecological and cultural background of conservation, problems of resource and environmental quality management, and pressing issues of population, food, energy, and pollution. P: So st. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
340 World Regions in Global Context I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Survey of development and change within each of the world’s regions (e.g., Africa, Southeast Asia). Attention devoted to environment and society; history, economy, and demographic change; culture and politics; future challenges; key actors. Online course. P: So st.or freshmen with consent of instructor | Course website | Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
342 Geography of Wisconsin I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-I). Overview of the physical and human geography of Wisconsin, with an emphasis on the physical, historical, and cultural processes that shaped the Badger State P: Sophmore standing.
344 The American West II; 3 cr (S-I). Regional geography of Western United States: Natural and human characteristics, landscape features, land use issues, perception of area as region. P: Not open to Fr. Spring Syllabus |
353 Russia and the NIS: Topical Analysis Occasional; 3 cr (S-I). P: Sophmore standing.
355 Africa, South of the Sahara I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Physical and human distributions and interrelationships, with emphasis on the spatial processes and patterns of modernization. P: So st. Fall Syllabus |
358 China and Southeast Asia Occasional; 3 cr (S-I). This survey course is designed to introduce intermediate undergraduate students to the Human Geography of Southeast Asia, including the basic geography and history of the region, important political and theoretical issues, and policies and positionings of relevance for understanding the spatiality of the region, including the ways that ethnicity and indigeneity are playing out in Southeast Asia and amongst Southeast Asians in the USA. P: So st. Spring Syllabus |
360 Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis II; 4 cr (r-P-I). Application of descriptive and inferential statistics to geographical problems. P: So st; completion of QRA Spring Syllabus |
370 Introduction to Cartography I, II; 4 cr (P-I). A broad introduction to cartography emphasizing the theory and practice of map-making. Topics include the basics in mapping (e.g., scale, spatial reference systems, projections), data acquisition, key techniques for thematic mapping, and principles of cartographic abstraction and design. P: So st or cons inst. | Course website | Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
371 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing (Crosslisted with Envir St, Forestry) I; 3 cr (P-I). Introduction to the Earth as viewed from above, focusing on use of aerial photography and satellite imagery to study the environment. Includes physical processes of electromagnetic radiation, data types and sensing capabilities, methods for interpretation, analysis and mapping, and applications. P: Math 114 & Sophomore standing. | Course website | Fall Syllabus |
377 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems I, II; 4 cr.; (P-I). (Cross-listed: Envir St 377). Design, implementation and use of automated procedures for storage, analysis and display of spatial information. Covers data bases, information manipulation and display techniques, software systems and management issues. Case studies. Meets with CEE 357.P: Intro course in enviromental or mapping science and an intro course in computer programming or computer concepts. | Course website | Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
378 Introduction to Geocomputing I; 3 cr (P-I). Introduction to scripting for Geographic Information Science. Geoprocessing with open-source GIS utilities. Python scripting with ArcGIS and open-source libraries. Prereq: Geog 377 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently) Fall Syllabus |
400 Level Courses
401 Seminar I, II; 3 cr (S-A). Exploration and analysis of a topic in human geography, including themes involving location analysis, regional and global studies, space and place, religion and morality, and people-environment linkages. P: Appropriate intermediate level course, or cons inst.
420 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (Crosslisted with Geosci) II; 3 cr (P-I). Principles, characteristics and work of glaciers; events of the Pleistocene. Field trip. P: Geosci 100, 101, 106 or Geog 120.
434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes (Crosslisted with Envir St, Rur Soc) II; 3 cr (S-A). This course explores the relationship between humans and wildlife amidst diverse landscapes, both historic and contemporary, tropical and temperate. We study how humans shape wild animal populations by modifying physical environments, and by hunting, domesticating and introducing species. P: Geog/Envir St 339. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
439 US Environmental Policy and Regulation (Cosslisted with Envir St) I; 3-4 cr.; (S-I). This course covers a broad cross-section of American environmental policy by focusing on specific statutes and policy arenas. In this course we will survey the basic elements of American environmental policy and regulation with a particular focus on the specific people, sites and scales at which environmental decision-making happens through primary-source case material. Understanding environmental outcomes in a complex society depends on observing both the structure of regulations and the geographic and social context in which such regulations emerge. This course will maintain a dual focus on (a) the legal and regulatory aspects of environmental regulation and (b) the specific geographic and social features of actual cases in which regulations and policy are used. Fall Syllabus |
460 American Environmental History (Crosslisted with History, Envir St) I or II or SS; 4 cr (Z-I). Survey of interactions among people and natural environments from before European colonization to present. Equal attention to problems of ecological change, human ideas, and uses of nature and history of conservation and environmental public policy. P: So st. | Course website |
469 The Making of the American Landscape (Crosslisted with History and Envir St) Alt yrs; I; 4 cr; (Z-I) Surveys the historical geography and environmental history of the United States by tracing the evolution of the American landscape from precolonial times to the present, with special emphasis on teaching students skills they can use to interpret landscape history themselves. P: Sophomore standing OR one course in U.S. or environmental history or geography or environmental studies OR an AP course in geography or U.S. history.
500 Level Courses
500 Qualitative Research Strategies in Geography I; 3 cr (S-A). This seminar course surveys qualitative research and methods in geography, including the human subjects review process, research ethics, preparing for fieldwork, participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, filmic experiences, archival research, participatory action research, analyzing field materials and writing styles in qualitative research. P: Jr, Sr or Grad st. Fall Syllabus |
501 Space and Place: A Geography of Experience I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Explore the concepts of space and place from the perspective of learning and everyday experience. Examines how space and place emerge out of fundamental human needs, experiences, and ways of thinking. P: Jr st. Fall Syllabus |
503 Researching the City: Qualitative Strategies (Crosslisted with URPL) Alt yrs; II; 3 cr (S-I). Explores, and applies, qualitative methods in the field of urban geography. An introduction to debates around the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data is provided, grounded in concrete urban research. Participation in a three-day field course is required. P: Jr st.
505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories (Crosslisted with URPL) I, II; 3 cr (S-A). Various urban empirical regularities and theories which explain them. P: Geog 305 or cons inst. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
506 Historical Geography of European Urbanization (Crosslisted with URPL) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Changes in the morphology, functions, and arrangements of towns and cities from the urban revolution in the ancient Middle East to the Industrial Revolution in nineteenth century western Europe and America. P: Jr st. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
508 Landscape and Settlement in the North American Past I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Settlement processes and patterns--towns, hamlets, farms and land holdings--which define the varied landscape of North America. Changing attitudes to the transformation of the natural landscape and varying perceptions of the modified landscapes. P: Jr st. Spring Syllabus |
510 Economic Geography I or II or SS; 4 cr (S-A). Theoretical aspects of spatial economic distributions and locational analysis. P: Jr st. Spring Syllabus |
518 Power, Place, Identity I or II; 3 cr (S-A). In this advanced political geography course, we will explore reconceptualizations of power, place and identity, as well as the interactive forces at work that continually reshape place-making and the inter-related processes of identification and differentiation. P: So St.
523 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics (Crosslisted with Geosci) 3 cr. Geographic responses of plant species and terrestrial ecosystems to late-Quaternary environmental change, particularly changes in climate and carbon dioxide. Quaternary vegetation dynamics are relevant to understanding vegetational responses to the 21st-century climate change. Laboratory section emphasizes multivariate data analysis and vegetational modeling. P: Jr st & Geog 120/127 or equiv. Spring Syllabus |
524 Advanced Landform Geography (Crosslisted with Geosci) I or II; 3 cr (P-A). Purposes, methods, and content of analysis of landforms, with emphasis on quantitative descriptive regional variation, and functional relationships. P: Cons inst or Jr st. Fall Syllabus |
525 Soil Geomorphology (Crosslisted with Soil Sci) II; 3 cr (P-A). Soil development as related to landscape throughout the Quaternary; focusing on the relationship of soils to climate and vegetation, landscape evolution, and time; principles of soil stratigraphy; case histories of soil geomorphic studies; field trips. P: Soil Sci 325 or Geog/Soil Sci 431; and an intermed level crse in geomorphology; or cons inst. Spring Syllabus |
526 Human Transformations of Earth Surface Processes (Crosslisted with Soil Sci) II; 3 cr (P-A). This course takes an earth systems approach to explore the role of human societies in shaping earth surface processes from local to global scales. We address how alterations to our landscapes and waterways affect biological, physical and chemical interactions among our biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. We discuss methods used to distinguish the "human impact" from background variability. P: Junior standing or Geog/Envir St 120 Spring Syllabus |
527 The Quaternary Period (Crosslisted with Geosci) I; 3 cr (P-A). Principles of Quaternary studies emphasizing terrestrial records and paleoecology of the past two million years and comparisons with the deep ocean record and models of climatic change. P: 1 intermediate-level course in physical geog or geol; or cons inst. Spring Syllabus |
528 Past Climates and Climatic Change (Crosslisted with Atm Ocn, Envir St) I or II; 2 cr (P-A). Climatic change throughout geologic time, especially in the last 10 millennia; mechanisms of change, evidence, and criteria, paleogeography and paleoclimatology, climate models. P: Jr st or one year calculus-based college physics or introduction to weather and climate; or cons inst.
534 Environmental Governance: Markets, States and Nature (Crosslisted with Envir St) Alt yrs; II; 3 cr (S-A).This class is designed to help students answer real-world questions of how the environment is managed and governed through state policy, economics, and social institutions. We will cover strategies within and outside of the formal institutions of government, and extend the discussion to the commodification of nature and the use of science to understand and govern the environment. The last third of the class will consist of students engaging with case studies of environmental governance in water, carbon, species, and urban sustainability, P: Geog/Envir St 339 or Geog/Envir St 439 or F&W Ecol/Envir St 515 Spring Syllabus |
537 Culture and Environment (Crosslisted with Envir St) I or II; 4 cr (S-A). Geographic approaches to culture-nature relationships, including human perception of, use of, and adaptation to the physical environment, with emphasis on traditional subsistence systems; selected topics from contemporary and historical sources. P: Geog/Envir St 339 or equiv. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development I or II; 4 cr (S-A). Description and analysis of humid-tropical ecosystems, with emphasis on the relationships, production potential, and human modification of biotic resources. P: Jr st. Fall Syllabus |
557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia II; 3 cr (S-A). Examines the political, socio-cultural, economic and ecological aspects of contemporary development and human-environment relations in mainland Southeast Asia, applying a critical and theoretically informed perspective, and focusing largely on rural issues. P: Sophmore standing. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
560 Advanced Quantitative Methods II; 3 cr (P-A). Selected topics in the analysis of spatial distributions with emphasis on multivariate techniques. P: Geog 360 or equiv; Jr st. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
565 Colloquium for Undergraduate Majors I; 3 cr (I). Orientation to geography as a scholarly discipline; its development, objectives, essential concepts, methods of investigation, institutions, opportunities, problems, and trends. P: Geog majors or cons inst. Fall Syllabus |
566 Geographic Thought Occasional; 4 cr (S-A). An analysis of the development and significance of basic geographic concepts and theories. Major emphasis on concepts of place, spatial relations, landscape, and human-environment relations. P: Jr st. Fall Syllabus |
572 Graphic Design in Cartography I; 4 cr (P-A). Study of the map as a graphic communication, the technical and perceptual aspects of its organization, symbolic coding, color and lettering. P: Geog 370 or cons inst. | Course website | Fall Syllabus |
574 Geospatial Database Design and Development II, 4 cr, (P-A). Introduces the basic concepts, techniques and methodologies for designing and implementing a spatial database. The course prepares students for professional work as a GIS designer, analyst, specialist or researcher who\ uses spatial databases to store, manage and manipulate digital geographic data. Students learn how to design conceptual spatial database models, and how to implement them within specific spatial data management systems (DBMS). The course covers the basics of the SQL database language and the latest developments in database systems (e.g. NoSQL database) for managing and mining spatial big data such as social media datasets and GPS trajectories. P: Geog 377 or equivalent.
575 Interactive Cartography and Geovisualization II; 4 cr (P-A). Examines recent issues in cartography related to map animation, the Internet, geovisualization and on-demand mapping systems - focusing on new cartographic challenges and opportunities associated with interactive, digital mapping systems. P: Geog 370 and Geog 378 or Comp Sci 302, or cons inst. | Course website | Spring Syllabus |
577 Environmental Modeling with GIS I; 3 cr.; (P-A). This course focuses on environmental modeling using geographic information systems. The course provides an overview of physical environmental processes and focuses on discussion of the GIS-techniques used to parameterize these processes. The discussion will be illustrated by widely used GIS-based environmental models. Prereq> Geog 377 or equiv & Geog 325 or equiv
578 GIS Applications II, 4 cr, (P-A). Application and use of GIS techniques in physical and human geography. Includes an introduction to a generic framework of GIS applications, case studies, and student projects. Cases range from urban and regional geography, to marketing geography, and to physical and environmental geography. P: Geog 370 and Geog 377 or equivalent Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
579 GIS and Spatial Analysis I; 3 cr.; (P-A). Principles and algorithms for spatial analysis in geographic information systems. A theoretical and practical examination of analytical methods used in GIS, including point, line and polygon processing, spatial autocorrelation, spatial interpolation, smoothing, spatial overlay and query, network analysis, terrain analysis, and classification. P: Geog 377 or equivalent, Geog 360 or instructor consent. Spring Syllabus | Fall Syllabus |
600 Level Courses
602 Internship I, II, SS; 1-2 cr (A). Students may earn no more than two internship credits toward the 30-40 credits in geography. P: Stdts should be declared Undergrad majors or Grad stdts in geography. Graded on a credit/no credit basis.
675 Special Topics in Geography I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-A). Topics vary. P: Jr, Sr, or Grad st, or cons inst. Fall Syllabus |
681 Senior Honors Thesis I, II; 2-3 cr (A). P: Cons inst.
682 Senior Honors Thesis I, II; 2-3 cr (A). P: Cons inst.
691 Senior Thesis I, II; 2-3 cr (A). P: Sr st and cons inst.
692 Senior Thesis I, II; 2-3 cr (A). P: Sr st and cons inst.
698 Directed Study I, II; 1-3 cr (A). Cr/N. P: Jr or Sr st. Graded on a Cr/N basis; requires cons inst.
699 Directed Study I, II; 1-3 cr (A). P: Jr or Sr st. Graded on a lettered basis; requires cons inst.
700 Level Courses
765 Geographical Inquiry and Analysis: An Introduction 1 cr. Geographic perspectives and analyses: history of the discipline, issues and research frontiers, interests and perspectives of Madison faculty, structure of graduate study in the department, research facilities and opportunities. P: Grad st.
766 Geographical Inquiry and Analysis: Techniques 1-3 cr. Engaging in geographic research: analysis of successful proposals and published papers and books; different approaches to geographic research; writing of proposals for students' won research. P: Grads: 3 cr, undergrads: 1 cr; or cons inst. Spring Syllabus |
799 Independent Reading 1-3 cr.
900 Level Courses
900 Seminar in Geography 1-3 cr. P: Grad st. Fall Syllabus |
918 Seminar in Political Geography: The Geography of Nationalism 1-3 cr. P: Grad st.
932 Seminar in American Environmental History 3 cr. Surveys recent and classic works on American environmental history to introduce students to the methods and historiography of the field. | Course website |
970 Seminar in Geographic Information Science 1-3 cr. P: Grad st. Spring Syllabus |
990 Research and Thesis 1-9 cr. P: Cons inst.
999 Independent Work 1-3 cr. P: Cons inst.