2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Geography Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

38 credits

ESC 101Earth Environments4
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
GEO/ESC 250Maps and GIS3
GEO/ESC 385Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science3
GEO 401Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course1
Cultural geography
Select one of the following:3
Population Geography
Economic Geography
Political Geography
Urban Geography
Transportation Geography
Sustainable Development and Conservation
Select one of the following:3
Remote Sensing
Map Design and Geovisualization
Geospatial Field Methods
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Geographic Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
Advanced Remote Sensing
Web Mapping
Scripting in GIS
Advanced Geographic Information Science
Spatial Data Analysis
Regional geography
Select one of the following:3
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
Islamic Asia: Cradle of Civilizations, Geographies of Conflict
Earth's Polar Regions
Physical geography
Select one of the following:3
Weather and Climate
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Soil Systems
Water Resources
Past Environmental Change
River Systems
Environmental Hazards
Elective credits9
Select three additional courses, two of which must be at the 300 level or above in cultural and/or regional geography, from those listed above or the following:
Maps and Society
Contemporary Global Issues
Geography of Wisconsin
Global Warming and Climate Change
Geography Internship
Special Topics in Geography/Earth Science
Independent Study
Seminar in Geography/Earth Science
Undergraduate Research
Total Credits38

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 Science 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 304, BIO 210, 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 Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

    3. 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
  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 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
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed World Hist3Gen Ed Math4-5
 15 15
Year 2
GEO 250 or ESC 2503Regional Geography (see list)3
University Elective4Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems3-4
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science (not GEO/ESC)4
University Elective3Elective1
 16 14
Year 3
Geography Techniques (see list) 3GEO 385 or ESC 3853
Cultural Geography (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3CSH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor3
GEO 202 (additional GEO elective + Gen Ed elective)3CSH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor3
Gen Ed Elective2-3300/400 University Elective3
University Elective3University Elective3
 14 15
Year 4
GEO 4011300/400 Cultural and/or Regional Geography Elective - see list3
Physical Geography (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3300/400 Cultural and/or Regional Geography Elective - see list3
CSH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor3CSH Core (300/400 not GEO/ESC) or Minor3
300/400 University Elective3300/400 University Elective3
CSH Core or Minor13CSH Core or Minor13
University Elective3 
 16 15
Total Credits: 120
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