Geography Major: Environmental Science Concentration - Bachelor of Arts (BA)
(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)
43 credits (55 total credits including BIO, CHM and MTH requirements)
|ESC 101||Earth Environments||4|
|GEO 110||World Cultural Regions||3|
|GEO 200||Conservation of Global Environments||3|
|ESC 221||Weather and Climate||4|
|ESC 222||Earth Surface Processes & Landforms||4|
|GEO/ESC 250||Maps and GIS||3|
|GEO/ESC 385||Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science||3|
|GEO 401||Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course||1|
|Select two of the following:||6-7|
|Global Warming and Climate Change|
|Past Environmental Change|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Map Design and Geovisualization|
|Geospatial Field Methods|
|Geographic Interpretation of Aerial Photographs|
|Advanced Remote Sensing|
|Advanced Geographic Information Science|
|Spatial Data Analysis|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Geography of United States and Canada|
|Contemporary Global Issues|
|Geography of Wisconsin|
|Geography of Europe|
|Geography of Africa|
|The Geography of Latin America & the Caribbean|
|Sustainable Development and Conservation|
|Geography of East and Southeast Asia|
|Geography of the Middle East, Central and South Asia|
|Earth's Polar Regions|
|Select one course 300-level or higher from one of the categories above OR three credits from the following:||3|
|Independent Study 1|
|Undergraduate Research 1|
Required general education courses:
|BIO 105||General Biology||4|
|CHM 100||Contemporary Chemistry||4|
|or CHM 103||General Chemistry I|
|STAT 145||Elementary Statistics||4|
All students must complete the general education, college core, 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.
College of Science and Health (SAH) Bachelor of Arts core requirements
B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 304, CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.
Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.
For the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a major from the college and proficiency in a foreign language at the 202 level or an ESL proficiency score of 80 or above on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English. Contact the “English as a Second Language Institute” for eligibility and regulations. Students must also complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with your advisor.
Complete a minor in the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication; or
Complete an individualized option, consisting of 15 credits.
These courses must be from the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication.
At least 9 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level.
General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.
Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
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 assistant to the dean of their college 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.
|ESC 101 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||GEO 201||3|
|GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3||BIO 105 or 100 (BIO 105 needed if taking BIO 203)||4|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||MTH 150 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)||4|
|HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|GEO 250 or ESC 250||3||Physical Geography (see list)||3-4|
|Physical Geography (see list)||3-4||BIO 203 or CHM 104||4|
|CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||5||STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)||4|
|Gen Ed Self & Society||3||202-level Language (SAH BA Core)||4|
|GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3||Geography Techniques (see list) (Writing Emphasis) OR SAH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor||3|
|GEO 385 or ESC 385||3||Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3|
|Geography Techniques (see list) (Writing Emphasis) OR SAH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor||3||SAH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor||3|
|Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3||University 300/400 Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3||University Elective||3|
|GEO 401||1||Physical Geography 300/400 (see list)||3|
|Geography Techniques 300/400 (see list) (Writing Emphasis)||3-4||Geography Techniques 300/400 (see list)||3|
|SAH Core or CLS Minor1||3||SAH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor||3|
|University 300/400 Elective||3||SAH Core or CLS Minor1||3|
|University 300/400 Eective||3||University 300/400 Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
See SAH BA Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.