2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Geography Major: Geographic Information Science Concentration - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

42 credits

GIS core
ESC 101Earth Environments4
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
GEO/ESC 250Maps and GIS3
GEO/ESC 345Remote Sensing3
GEO/ESC 355Map Design and Geovisualization3
GEO/ESC 385Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science3
GEO 401Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course1
GEO 485Advanced Geographic Information Science3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
GEO/ESC 445Advanced Remote Sensing3
or GEO/ESC 455 Web Mapping
Physical geography: select one of the following3
Weather and Climate
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Soil Systems
Water Resources
Past Environmental Change
River Systems
Environmental Hazards
Human geography or regional geography: select one of the following3
Human geography
Population Geography
Economic Geography
Political Geography
Urban Geography
Transportation Geography
Sustainable Development and Conservation
Regional geography
Geography of United States and Canada
Geography of Europe
Geography of Africa
The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
Geography of East and Southeast Asia
Geography of the Middle East, Central and South Asia
Earth's Polar Regions
Electives: select one of the following3
Maps and Society
Geospatial Field Methods
Geographic Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
Spatial Data Analysis
Geography Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
Independent Study 1
Advanced Remote Sensing (If not taken for GIS Core)
Web Mapping (If not taken for GIS Core)
Software Design I
Total Credits42

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 (CSH) 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 304CHM 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.

  1. Complete a minor in the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication; or

  2. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 15 credits.

    1. These courses must be from the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication.

    2. At least 9 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    3. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    4. 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:

  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 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.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. 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 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed Arts2-3STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4
 15 15
Year 2
GEO 250 or ESC 2503Human or Regional Geography (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3
Physical Geography (see list)3-4Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3202-level Language (CSH BA Core)4
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science (not GEO/ESC)4
University Elective3University Elective1
 15 15
Year 3
GEO 345 or ESC 3453GEO 4853
Gen Ed Elective (ie GEO 202)3GEO 385 or ESC 3853
GEO 355 or ESC 3553CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3
Gen Ed Math or CT 100 (CSH Core)3-4University 300/400 Elective3
University Elective2University Elective3
 14 15
Year 4
GEO 4011GEO 445, ESC 445, GEO 455, or ESC 4553
CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3Geography Elective (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3
CSH Core or CLS Minor13CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3
University 300/400 Elective3CSH Core or CLS Minor13
University 300/400 Elective 3University 300/400 Elective3
University Elective3 
 16 15
Total Credits: 120
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