Geography and Geographic Information Science

Geography and Geographic Information Science



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.

Why study Geography and Geographic Information Science at UWRF?

  • The Geography and GIS program equips you with hands-on experience for a variety of careers in a rapidly growing industry.
  • Faculty are active specialists in the field.
  • A minor in GIS, one of less than two dozen such programs in the nation
  • GIS certificate program for continuing education
  • State-of-the-art GIS lab
  • Individualized plan options
  • Abundant education abroad opportunities, including geography coursework
  • Active internship program


The use of GIS has become increasingly popular in the U.S.  To meet these needs, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has developed an undergraduate certification program in GIS, leveraging more than 30 years of experience the department holds in teaching cartography and geospatial sciences.

Certificate students will learn about geospatial theory and literature that drives data collection, storage, analysis, and mapping in GIS. They will also build proficiency in the use of state-of-the-art GIS technologies including GIS and Remote Sensing software applications, GPS and GIS data collection, data analysis, web mapping, and digital image processing, among others. Courses are scheduled to allow students to complete their program within one year.

Contact Dr. Charles Rader for more information.

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344 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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