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.
Highlights of the Geography and Geographic Information Science Major
- Active internship program to introduce students to professional work experiences. Students have interned with organizations such as U.S. Natural Resources and Conservation, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and St. Croix County.
- Annual geography project with the Student Geography Organization.
- Fully networked Geographic Information Science (GIS) lab with state-of-the-art computer software and hardware.
- High participation in undergraduate research.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
- Collect and analyze data and interpret its significance within the context of human activity and natural processes.
- Communicate geographical concepts and data effectively using oral, written and visual forms.
- Demonstrate the ability to use geographical research tools including spatial statistics, cartography and GIS.
Geographers perform a wide variety of jobs in geographic subfields such as cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing, urban and regional planning, housing and community development, computer mapping, environmental analysis, climatology and resource conservation.
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