UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
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.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls student, Kaitlynn Wilcoxson, won Second Place in the Undergraduate Research Paper competition at the annual meeting held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, October 15-17, 2015. Kaitlynn is pictured below with her award for her research, "Regional Distribution of Income Inequality across the United States."
The Geography and Geographic Information Science Department's annual Map of the Year Contest is open to all UWRF students. The winner was announced at the annual Student Geography Organization (SGO) Banquet on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Junior's in River Falls. Congratulations to Kyle Glowa for his New Zealand Reference Map!
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