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 major and a minor in Geography, a minor in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography, and a major in Broad Field Social Studies (geography)/education.

The geography faculty are all active specialists in the field 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

Professor, Matt Dooley's, gunpowder mapping work featured in National Geographic!
Read the article here.

Department Events


Map of the Year Contest
The Geography and Geographic Information Science Department's annual Map of the Year Contest is open to all UWRF students. This year's winner was announced at the annual Student Geography Organization (SGO) Banquet on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  Congratulations to Kyle Glowa for his New Zealand Reference Map!

Contact Us

Geography and
Geographic Information Science
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
344 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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