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Geography Minor Requirements

Note: This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Content Focus option of Elementary Education.

The Geography minor requires a minimum of 24 credits to include the required course distribution listed below. Coursework must include at least two approved upper-level courses (300–699). Students may wish to consult with the undergraduate advisor in the Geography department, 144 Science Hall, 262-4438. Courses are Geography listings unless otherwise indicated. Note: Each course may be counted in only one of the groups listed below.

  • Select one course from Physical Geography: Earth Systems and Environmental Processes. Courses address the locational arrangements of earth phenomena and their interaction as physical systems: 120, 121, 127, 320, 321, 325, 326, 328, 329, 331, 332, 338, 344, 420, 523, 524, 525, 527, 528, 531.
  • Select one course from People–Environment Interaction. Courses examine human use, perception, and modification of environments: 139, 230, 240, 303, 309, 319, 332, 338, 339, 344, 434, 460, 508, 519, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538.
  • Select one course from Human Geography. Courses examine the location and organization of human settlements and activities: 101, 102, 236, 300, 301, 302, 305, 312, 318, 340, 349, 353, 444, 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 507, 508, 510, 553
  • Select one course from Area Studies and Global Systems. Courses focus on the ways in which regions, places, and landscapes have acquired distinctive characteristics and problems as a result of their locations and resource potentials and of their settlement, appraisal, and use by particular peoples and cultures: 244, 253, 260, 277, 340, 342, 344, 348, 349, 353, 355, 358, 508, 548, 553.
  • Select one course from Cartography and Geographic Information Science. Courses examine the creation and use of maps: 170, 370, 377, 378, 570, 572, 574, 575, 576, 577, 578, 579.
  • Select one course from Methodology. These courses examine the skills, techniques and methodology necessary to conduct geographic investigation: 170, 360, 370, 377, 565. Note: 360 is strongly recommended for students pursuing graduate study or professional work in Geography.
  • 342 The Geography of Wisconsin, 3, or an acceptable substitute selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Geography. 342 may be also used to fulfill the requirement in Area Studies and Global Systems.
  • Additional credits, if necessary, to total a minimum of 24 credits.