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

(All colleges)

42 credits

GIS core
GEO 101Earth Environments4
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
GEO 305Geographic Information Systems and Science I3
GEO 401Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course1
GEO 405Geographic Information System and Science II3
GEO 415Remote Sensing of the Environment I3
GEO 418Map Design and Geovisualization3
GEO 445Remote Sensing of the Environment II3
or GEO 455 Web Mapping
GEO 485Geographic Information System and Science III3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
Earth's environmental systems
Select one course from the following:3-4
Global Climate Change 1
Weather and Climate 1
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 1
Past Environmental Change
River Systems
Environmental Hazards
Humans and the environment
Select one course from the following:3
Contemporary Global Issues 1
Power, Space, and Global Change
Cities: Past, Present, and Future
Transportation Equity and Sustainable Communities
The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
Sustainable Development and Conservation
Islamic Asia: Cradle of Civilizations, Geographies of Conflict
Polar Environments
Sustainable Water Resource Management
Additional electives
Select three credits from the following:3
Maps and Society 1
Geospatial Field Methods
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Remote Sensing of the Environment II (if not taken for GIS Core)
Internship in Geography and Earth Science 2,3
Web Mapping (if not taken for GIS Core)
Scripting in GIS
Special Topics in Geography/Earth Science 2,4
Independent Study 2,5
Seminar in Geography/Earth Science 2,6
Undergraduate Research 2,7
Software Design I 1
Total Credits42

No more than two courses from GEO 102, GEO 202, GEO 211, GEO 221, GEO 222, and CS 120 can be applied to the major.


GEO 450, GEO 470, GEO 490GEO 495and GEO 499 must be GIS related.


A maximum of three credits of GEO 450 may apply to the major.


A maximum of three credits of GEO 470 may apply to the major.


A maximum of three credits of GEO 490 may apply to the major.


A maximum of three credits of GEO 495 may apply to the major.


A maximum of three credits of GEO 499 may apply to the major.

Exit survey requirement

During the student's last semester of enrollment, completion of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science exit survey is required in order to graduate. 

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, GEO 221, GEO 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 world language at the 202 level or demonstrate English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. Contact the CSH Dean's Office 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 Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities/School of Visual and Performing Arts; or

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

    1. These courses must be from the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities/School of Visual and Performing Art.

    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.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 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.

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.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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.

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

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
GEO 101 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4GEO 2003
GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 15
Year 2
GEO 3053GEO 4053
Earth's Environmental Systems (see list) 3-4Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3202-level Language (CSH BA Core)4
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science (not GEO/ESC)4
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3University Elective1
 15 15
Year 3
GEO 4153GEO 445 or 4553
GEO 4183GEO 4853
University Elective3CSH Core (300/400 CASSH elec) or CASSH Minor3
Gen Ed Math or CS 120 (CSH Core)3-4University 300/400 Elective3
University Elective2University Elective3
 14 15
Year 4
GEO 4011Humans and the Environment (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3
CSH Core (300/400 CASSH elec) or CASSH Minor3Geography Elective (see list) (Writing Emphasis)3
CSH Core or CASSH Minor13CSH Core (300/400 CASSH elec) or CASSH Minor3
University 300/400 Elective3CSH Core or CASSH Minor13
University 300/400 Elective 3University 300/400 Elective3
University Elective3Exit Survey Requirement2 
 16 15
Total Credits: 120

See CSH BA Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.


During the student's last semester of enrollment, completion of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science exit survey is required in order to graduate.