Why study Geography and Mapping Sciences 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.

MAPPING SCIENCES are 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 mapping sciences 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 Major and a Minor in Geography, a Minor in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography, and a Major in Broad Field Social Studies (Geography)/Education.

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Professor Matt Dooley Shows the Artistic Side of Cartography at Minneapolis Art Gallery


Professor Matt Dooley has a solo exhibition through September 4, 2014 at the Shoebox Gallery in the heart of South Minneapolis. The Shoebox Gallery is a storefront display window on 2948 Chicago Ave. S and available for viewing at all times.  Curator, Sean Smuda, has run the Shoebox Gallery for over ten years and it rotates exhibits of various media. Matt worked closely with Sean Smuda (www.seansmuda.comlink) to develop the theme for the show, which incorporates "terrestrial" and "extra-terrestrial" realms of the Midwestern landscape.  River systems are carved into clay tiles on the left, whereas printed, paper tiles on the right show UFO sighting reports within the same area.  The pairing of the two creates a dissonance of perceptions: tactile/analytical, sensuous/abstract, accurate/unknown.Dr. Dooley teaches GIS and Cartography at UWRF. His specialty courses include field methods and GPS, map design and advanced map design. Dr. Dooley excels in Cartography which is the art and science of making maps. The scientific portion deals with the earth sciences and projecting the surface of the earth onto a flat map while limiting distortions in area, shape, distance, direction, and proximity since going from the round earth to the flat map creates distortions. The artistic side of cartography includes creating maps that are aesthetically pleasing and designed well so the maps serve their intended purpose in addition to serving as a vehicle of artistic expression.For more information and pictures, see the links below: