SUMMER 2022 Course Offerings

Core, Elective, and General Education Courses expanding section

GEO 200: Conservation of Global Environments

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale. 

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

Core Requirement for all Geography majors and for the Human and Environmental Geography minor

Available Lecture Sections and instructors:

Summer session Section Day(s) Time Instructor
1 (May 23-June 17) 411 Online Asynchronous Online Asynchronous Daniel Sambu

ESC 211: Global Warming and Climate Change

This course serves as an introduction to causes of natural and human-induced climate change, and the current and future impacts of climate change on environmental systems and society. Actions that could be taken by governments, industry, non-profit organizations, and individuals to mitigate the magnitude and effects of climate change will be addressed. The course will investigate social, cultural, and political aspects associated with climate change policy, including how vulnerability, resilience, and adaptability to a changing climate vary across the globe.  

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies 

Elective Option for many of the majors and minors offered by the Department of Geography and Earth Science

Available Lecture Section and instructor:

Summer Session Section Day(s) Time Instructor
2 (June 20-July 15) 411 Online Asynchronous Online Asynchronous Brian Pompeii

FALL 2022 Course Offerings

Core Courses Required for All Geography Majors expanding section

ESC 101: Earth Environments

This course concentrates on understanding the earth’s dynamic environments through the study of processes and physical and human interactions related to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. A scientific approach is used to examine fundamental concepts in earth and environmental science related to topics such as plate tectonics, landform development, atmospheric processes, global climate, and water resources, in order to provide an understanding of how the earth system functions and the human role in these phenomena.

Satisfies General Education 05 Requirement: Understanding the Natural World

Available Lab and Corresponding Lecture Sections and Instructors:

Lab Section Lab Day Lab Time Lab Instructor Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Lecture Instructor
11L We 8:50 - 10:50 Jeffrey Kueny 01 Tu Th 9:25 - 10:50 Colin Belby
12L We  11:00 - 1:00 Jeffrey Kueny 01 Tu Th 9:25 - 10:50 Colin Belby
13L We 1:10 - 3:10 Shrobona Karkun 01 Tu Th 9:25 - 10:50 Colin Belby
21L Tu 7:45 - 9:45 Joan Bunbury 02 Mo We Fr 9:55 - 10:50 Joan Bunbury
22L Tu 9:55 - 11:55 Joan Bunbury 02 Mo We Fr 9:55 - 10:50 Joan Bunbury
23L Tu 1:10-3:10 Joan Bunbury 02 Mo We Fr 9:55 - 10:50 Joan Bunbury
31L Mo 8:50 - 10:50 Jeffrey Kueny 03 Tu Th 12:40 - 2:05 Jeffrey Kueny
32L Mo 11:00 - 1:00 Jeffrey Kueny 03 Tu Th 12:40 - 2:05 Jeffrey Kueny
33L Mo 2:15 - 4:15 Shrobona Karkun Sen 03 Tu Th 12:40 - 2:05 Jeffrey Kueny

GEO 110: World Cultural Regions

This course provides an understanding of the global distribution of world cultures. The cultural, economic and natural patterns and their interrelationships are examined on a global and regional scale. The development and distribution of cultural regions within countries are included when appropriate. 

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: Global and Multicultural Studies

Available Sections and Instructors:

Section Days Time Instructor
01 Mo We Fr 8:50 - 9:45 John Kelly
02 Mo We Fr 2:15 - 3:10 John Kelly
03 Tu Th 12:40 - 2:05 Brian Pompeii
04 Tu Th 2:15 - 3:40 Brian Pompeii

GEO 200: Conservation of Global Environments

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale. 

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: Global and Multicultural Studies

Available Sections and Instructors:

Section Days Time Instructor
01 Tu Th 9:25 - 10:50 Brian Pompeii
02 Tu Th 11:00 - 12:25 Brian Pompeii
03 Mo We Fr 9:55 - 10:50 Daniel Sambu
411 Online Asynchronous Online Asynchronous Daniel Sambu

GEO 305: Geographic Information Systems and Science I (GISS I)

Students will acquire fundamental knowledge and learn key concepts underlying spatial data, different map types and uses, thematic symbolization and visualization, and spatial analytical techniques. They will learn how to critically assess and communicate knowledge concerning spatial environments. Students will also learn how to use GIS and Web mapping technologies.

Available Sections and Instructors:

Lab Section Lab Days Lab Times Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L Tu Th 1:10 - 2:05 01 Tu Th 12:05 - 1:00 Niti Mishra

GEO 401: Focus on Geography: A Capstone Course

A seminar-style course designed to prepare students for graduate school and/or a career in geography/earth science. This course will cover the basic concepts of interviewing, graduate school application, oral presentation of a topic, and the writing of professional abstracts. The development of the field will be studied by the reading and discussion of landmark articles in geography and earth science. Students are expected to actively participate in the assessment of their major. Prerequisite: senior standing. 

Available Sections and Instructors:

Section Days Time Instructor
01 Fr 9:55 - 10:50 John Kelly
 

GEO 405/505: Geographic Information System and Science II (GISS II)

Building upon lessons learned in GEO 305, this course focuses on geospatial analysis and database development. The course includes both theoretical and applied aspects of GIS analysis. GIS software, with an emphasis on ArcGIS, will be used to explore geographic questions. Hands-on exercises pertaining to environmental science, natural resource management, business, and urban planning will be used to complement lecture material. Topics will include data organization, database structure, input and output, data quality, and geographic analysis of spatial and attribute data. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Prerequisite: GEO 305STAT 145; junior standing. 

Available Sections and Instructors:

Lab Sections Lab Days Lab Time Lecture Sections Lecture Days Lecture Time  Instructor
10L Mo We 9:55-10:50 01 Mo We 8:50-9:45 Shrobona Karkun Sen
Additional Core Courses Required for Environmental Science Concentration expanding section

ESC 221: Weather and Climate

An introduction to physical principles and the dynamic processes that govern the behavior of the atmosphere at global and regional scales. Spatial and temporal variations of energy, moisture, circulation, and weather systems; and the patterns of the world climate systems are discussed. Lect. 3; Lab 2. Prerequisite: ESC 101.

Available Sections and Instructors:

Lab Section Lab Day Lab Time Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L Fr 8:50-10:50 01 Mo We Fr 12:05 - 1:00 Cynthia Berlin

 

Additional Core Courses Required for Geographic Information Science Concentration expanding section

GEO 415/515: Remote Sensing of the Environment I

This course is an introduction to remote sensing, emphasizing satellite multispectral observations of the earth applied to such fields as agriculture, forestry, water resources, urban and regional planning, and environmental assessment. Upper Midwest and selected areas worldwide are explored with visual and digital image processing techniques. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: GEO 305; junior standing.

Available Sections and Instructor:

Lab Sections Lab Days Lab Times Lecture Sections Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L, 11L* Mo We 3:20 - 4:15 01, 02* Mo We 2:15 - 3:10 Niti Mishra

*section 11L and 02 are writing emphasis 

GEO 418/518: Map Design and Geovisualization

In this course students will learn about the process of making maps, how to acquire and appropriately manipulate spatial data, and how to design clear, compelling, and beautiful maps. In addition to the key theories underlying the cartographic discipline, students will learn technical skills to enhance their other research interests and make them far more competitive on the job market once they graduate. Students will apply their knowledge about map design using cutting edge software. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: GEO 305; junior standing.

Available Section and Instructor:

Lab Section Lab Days Lab time Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L Tu Th 9:55- 10:50 01 Tu Th 8:50 - 9:45 Niti Mishra

 

Earth's Environmental Systems Electives expanding section

ESC 211: Global Warming and Climate Change

This course serves as an introduction to causes of natural and human-induced climate change, and the current and future impacts of climate change on environmental systems and society. Actions that could be taken by governments, industry, non-profit organizations, and individuals to mitigate the magnitude and effects of climate change will be addressed. The course will investigate social, cultural, and political aspects associated with climate change policy, including how vulnerability, resilience, and adaptability to a changing climate vary across the globe.

Available Lecture Sections and Instructors:

Sections Day Time Instructor
01 Tu Th 9:25-10:50 Jeffrey Kueny
411 Online Asynchronous Online Asynchronous Cynthia Berlin

ESC 221: Weather and Climate

An introduction to physical principles and the dynamic processes that govern the behavior of the atmosphere at global and regional scales. Spatial and temporal variations of energy, moisture, circulation, and weather systems; and the patterns of the world climate systems are discussed. Lect. 3; Lab 2. Prerequisite: ESC 101.

Available Sections and Instructors:

Lab Section Lab Day Lab Time Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L Fr 8:50-10:50 01 Mo We Fr 12:05 - 1:00 Cynthia Berlin
 

GEO 460/560: Environmental Hazards

Environmental processes are investigated in light of the hazards they might pose for development and how they may be avoided, mitigated and managed. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Prerequisite: ESC 221 or ESC 222; junior standing.

Available Lecture Sections and instructors:

Section Days Time Instructor
01,02* Mo We Fr 7:45 - 8:40 Daniel Sambu

*section 02 is writing-emphasis

Geospatial Techniques Electives expanding section

GEO 410/510: Geospatial Field Methods

This course covers fundamental concepts of geospatial data collection, analysis, and representation. Students gain hands-on experience using geospatial technology at field sites in the La Crosse area. It includes reconnaissance and surveys using current methods, including GPS, total stations, sonar, and unmanned aerial systems; and practical integration of field data into a geographic information system. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: GEO 405 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. 

Available Sections and Instructor:

Lab Section Lab Days Lab Time Lecture Section Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L* Tu Th 2:15-3:10 01* Tu 3:20 - 5:20 Colin Belby
*sections 10L and 01 are writing emphasis for all students enrolled

GEO 415/515: Remote Sensing of the Environment I

This course is an introduction to remote sensing, emphasizing satellite multispectral observations of the earth applied to such fields as agriculture, forestry, water resources, urban and regional planning, and environmental assessment. Upper Midwest and selected areas worldwide are explored with visual and digital image processing techniques. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: GEO 305; junior standing.

Available Sections and Instructor:

Lab Sections Lab Days Lab Time Lecture Sections Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L,11L* Mo We 3:20-4:15 01,02* Mo We 2:15 - 3:10 Niti Mishra

*sections 02 and 11L are writing emphasis

GEO 418/518: Map Design and Geovisualization

In this course students will learn about the process of making maps, how to acquire and appropriately manipulate spatial data, and how to design clear, compelling, and beautiful maps. In addition to the key theories underlying the cartographic discipline, students will learn technical skills to enhance their other research interests and make them far more competitive on the job market once they graduate. Students will apply their knowledge about map design using cutting edge software. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: GEO 305; junior standing. 

Available Sections and Instructor:

Lab Sections Lab Days Lab Time Lecture Sections Lecture Days Lecture Time Instructor
10L Tu Th 9:55- 10:50 01 Tu Th 8:50 - 9:45 Niti Mishra

GEO 465/565: Scripting in GIS

Cancelled due to low enrollment
Humans and the Environment Electives expanding section

GEO 202*: Contemporary Global Issues

This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. Students may only earn credit in one of the following: ANT 202, GEO 202HIS 202POL 202SOC 202. 

*Note GEO 202 does not fulfill an elective requirement in the Humans and the Environment category of the GEO: Humans and the Environment Emphasis, but it does in the GEO: GIS Concentration and the GEO: Environmental Science Concentration.

Available Lecture Section and Instructor:

Section Days Time Instructor
01 Mo We Fr 12:05 - 1:00 Daniel Sambu

GEO 307: Political Geography

A real differentiation and analysis of relationships between geographic factors and political entities. This includes physical environment, organization of space, cultural influences, and economic capabilities.

Available Lecture Sections and Instructor:

Section Days Time Instructor
01, 02* Mo We Fr 1:10 - 2:05 John Kelly

*section 02 is writing emphasis

GEO 340: Earth's Polar Regions

The geography of the Arctic and Antarctic. Physical environment, climate, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, natural resources and development, exploration, governance, indigenous peoples, and anthropogenic impacts. Comparisons and contrasts between the circumpolar northern Arctic region and the southern continent of Antarctica. Connections of the polar regions to global processes and international issues

Available Lecture Sections and Instructor:

Sections Days Time Instructor
01, 02* Mo We Fr 11:00-11:55 Joan Bunbury

*section 02 is writing emphasis

Additional Elective Credits expanding section

GEO 102: Maps and Society

This course introduces all aspects of maps and how they affect the individual in society. It examines the evolution of maps, the map as an art form, the map as a communication medium for spatial knowledge, the meaning of maps and their relationship to culture and society past and present, the influence of maps on an individual through mass media and the Internet, and the way maps reflect personal and societal points of view. It focuses on privacy and civil liberty issues of the individual in the age of digital information where maps and map databases can disclose the privacy of personal space. In addition, today’s GIS maps (in planning, in marketing, in hazard controls, etc.) embed substantial amounts of personal information that can affect personal security and how our lives are directly, indirectly, knowingly, and unknowingly influenced. 

Satisfies General Education 06 Requirement: Understanding Oneself and the Social World

Available Lecture Section and Instructor:

Section Days Time Instructor
411 Online Asynchronous Online Asynchronous Shrobona Karkun Sen
01 Mo We Fr 11:00 - 11:55 Shrobona Karkun Sen

GEO 202: Contemporary Global Issues

This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. Students may only earn credit in one of the following: ANT 202, GEO 202HIS 202POL 202SOC 202. 

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: Global and Multicultural Studies

Available Lecture Section and Instructor:

Section Days Time Instructor
01 Mo We Fr 12:05 - 1:00 Daniel Sambu