UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

GIS Lab 

Majors & Minors

Geography and Geographic Information Science Degree

Program Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Potential Job Titles

  • Geospacial Technician
  • GIS Mapping
  • GIS Project Manager
  • GIS Conservation Specialist

Companies

  • Xcel Energy
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. State Department
  • Kinnickinnic Land Trust
  • Environmental Agencies

Related Programs

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Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Conservation and Environmental Planning

Environmental Science

Sociology


The median annual salary for geography professionals is over

$76K

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)