2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Geography Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(Teacher certification program: early-adolescence-adolescence)

40 credits

ESC 101Earth Environments4
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
GEO 201Geography of United States and Canada3
GEO 204Geography of Wisconsin3
GEO 250Maps and GIS3
GEO 300Population Geography3
GEO 306Economic Geography3
GEO 309Urban Geography3
GEO 401Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course1
GEO 408Teaching and Learning History and Social Studies in the Secondary School4
Electives in geography10
Total Credits40

Three credits of GEO 499 may be applied to the major.

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 and EFN 200 to fulfill statutory licensing requirements. (Credits do not count toward the geography education major.)

An official Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly PRAXIS II) score in content area is required, or candidate must meet GPA requirements for certified content subject areas.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ESC 101 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4GEO 2013
GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3BIO 105 or 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems4EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
 Gen Ed World Hist3
 14 16
Year 2
GEO 204 (fall odd-numbered years)3Apply for admission to the STEP Program1 
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4GEO 250 or ESC 2503
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 3092
Gen Ed Elective3PSY 2123
University Elective2EFN 2001
 Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
 17 15
Year 3
GEO 3063GEO 309 (offered occasionally - watch for offerings)3
GEO/ESC Elective4PSY 3703
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 3514
GEO/ESC Elective3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
University Elective3University Elective3
 16 16
Year 4
GEO 4011Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test or meet GPA requirements for a waiver.2 
GEO 300 (fall odd-numbered years)3EDS 4921
GEO/ESC Elective3EDS 49411
SPE 4013 
GEO 4084 
 14 12
Total Credits: 120
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