Courses by Concentration

Courses listed here by topic or geography concentration area are offered by the Department of Geography. The official UW-Madison Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog Geography Course listing is the final authority on courses.

Key

Course Levels are indicated by:

  • E = Elementary
  • I = Intermediate
  • D = Intermediate/Advanced
  • A = Advanced

Frequency of course offering in recent years shown here as an indication (not a future certainty):

  • ES = every semester
  • EY = every year
  • EOY = every other year
  • O = occassionally

* Course is cross-listed in more than one Group. Choose the course grouping in which you want to count the course.

Group I. Physical Geography

  • 120 Global Physical Environments (E) ES
  • 121 Atmospheric Environment and Society (E) O
  • 127 Physical Systems of the Environment (E) ES
  • 320 Geomorphology (I) O
  • 321 Climatology (I) EY
  • 325 Analysis of the Physical Environment (I) EY
  • 326 Landforms-Topics and Regions (I) EY
  • 329 Landforms and Landscapes of North America (I) EOY
  • 331 Climatic Environments of the Past (I) EOY
  • *332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts (I) EOY
  • *338 Environmental Biogeography (I) O
  • 344 The American West (I) EOY
  • 420 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (I) EOY
  • 523 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics
  • 524 Advanced Landform Geography (A) O
  • 525 Soil Geomorphology (A) EOY
  • 527 The Quaternary Period (A) EOY
  • 528 Past Climates and Climatic Change (A) O
  • 531 Global Climates (A) EOY

Group II. Human Geography

  • 101 Introduction to Human Geography (E) ES
  • 301 Geography of Social Organization (I) O
  • 302 Economic Geography: Locational Behavior (I) O
  • 305 Introduction to the City (I) ES
  • 312 Regional Development and Planning (I) ES
  • 318 Introduction to Geopolitics (I) EY
  • *349 Europe (I) EY
  • *353 Geographies of Transition in Post-Socialist Space (I) EY
  • 501 Space and Place: A Geography of Experience (A) EOY
  • 503 Researching the City: Qualitative Strategies (I) EOY
  • 505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories (A) O
  • 506 Historical Geography of European Urbanization (A) O
  • *508 Landscape and Settlement in the North American Past (A) EOY
  • 510 Economic Geography (A) EY

Group III. People-Environment Interaction

  • 139 Resources and People (E) ES
  • 230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource (I) EOS or EOY
  • 240 Plants and Man (E) 2 or EOY
  • 303 The Human Role in Changing the Face of the Earth (I) EY
  • 309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems (I) EY
  • 319 Environmental Evaluation and Adaptation (I) EOY
  • *332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts (I) EOY
  • *338 Environmental Biogeography (I) O
  • 339 Environmental Conservation (I) ES
  • 344 The American West (I) EOY
  • 434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes (I) EY
  • 460 American Environmental History (I) EY
  • *508 Landscape and Settlement in the North American Past (I) EOY
  • 537 Culture and Environment (A) EY
  • 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development (A) O

Group IV. Area Studies and Global Systems

  • 140 World Regions: Concepts and Problems (E) ES
  • 244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (E) ES
  • 253 Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey (E)
  • 260 Latin America: An Introduction (E) EY
  • 277 Africa: An Introductory Survey (I) ES
  • 340 World Regions in Global Context (I) O
  • 342 Geography of Wisconsin (I) O
  • 344 The American West (I) EOY
  • *349 Europe (I) EY
  • *353 Geographies of Transition in Post-Socialist Space (I) EY
  • 355 Africa, South of the Sahara (I) EY
  • 358 China and Southeast Asia (I) EY

Group V. Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

    170 Our Digital Globe: An Overview of GIScience and its Technology (E) ES
  • 370 Introduction to Cartography (I) ES
  • 371 Introduction to Envrionmental Remote Sensing (I) EY
  • 372 Intermediate Remote Sensing (I) EOY
  • 377 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (I) EY
  • 572 Graphic Design in Cartography (A) EY
  • 575 Interactive Cartography and Geovisualization (I) EY
  • 578 GIS Applications (D) EY
  • 579 GIS and Spatial Analysis (D) EY
  • 676 TOPICS: Web Spatial Database Development and Programming (D) EY

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