Geography and Geographic Information Science



Why study Geography and Geographic Information Science at UWRF? 

Geography is a field that uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand patterns of human activity and natural processes on the surface of the earth. Geographers are often called upon to analyze and solve problems that deal with interactions between people and the environment. Geography appeals to students who have a wide range of interests that involve human activities and their impacts on the natural environment.

Geographic Information Science is a set of techniques that include Cartography (the art and science of map making), GIS - Geographic Information Systems (the analysis of spatial patterns), and Remote Sensing (the analysis of satellite imagery). These techniques are useful in displaying, understanding, and analyzing spatial relationships. Many other disciplines, such as biology, business, marketing, criminal justice, land use planning, and urban studies utilize mapping techniques. 

Studying geography and geographic information science at UWRF provides the skills to engage in a variety of careers. Through a combination of coursework and internships students gain first hand experience in geographic analysis. The use of computer technologies, through GIS and mapping, are areas where students may develop additional expertise. The department offers a Geography major and minor, and a minor in GIS/ Cartography.

The geography faculty are all active specialists in the fields of geography and GIS.  Several of them have won college teaching awards for excellence in the classroom, and all are dedicated advisors for our students.  The Geography Department provides classes where one gets to know and learn from their professors.

Recent News

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Geography and GIScience Department award winners! 

Matthew Holub, Award for Academic Excellence
Alexander Meincke and Rachel Potter, Student Leadership Award
Joshua Leonard, Outstanding Cartographer
Heather VanGuilder, Geography Scholarship Award
Kirsten Schmidt, Map of the Year Award
Hailey Breister, Map of the Year - Honorable Mention

GIS students, Kalley Swift and Kirsten Schmidt, selected to present their recent research at NCUR 2017, University of Memphis

Check out the photo gallery here.

Professor, Matt Dooley's, gunpowder mapping work featured in National Geographic

Read the article here.

Canoes book features the map work of Professor, Charlie Rader.

Check out the book here.


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8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
344 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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