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Geography 

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Geography is a scientific discipline that engages a spatial perspective to explore questions and issues associated with the human condition, the natural world, and the interconnections between humans and the environment. Geographers look for and analyze cultural and environmental spatial patterns and relationships to better understand the human experience. This spatial perspective and understanding of space and place is critical in the areas of business, resource management, law, education, planning, tourism, international relations, demography, government/public affairs and health sciences.

Well equipped

UW-Eau Claire students use sophisticated geospatial tools. Where most universities reserve this high end equipment for graduate level students, UW-Eau Claire students learn to use this technology at the introductory course level. Field research requires students, even as freshman, to use cutting edge approaches and technologies, including state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing software, ground penetrating radar, and balloon mapping.

Applied knowledge

Students gain valuable experience solving real-world problems, gathering and analyzing data, interpreting earth surface processes, functioning as part of interdisciplinary research teams and producing professional presentations and reports.

Students use a wide variety of field, laboratory and geographic research methods, tools and techniques. Extended field trips are important components of many classes, providing opportunities for students to develop and apply their geographic knowledge and skills. Field courses are even offered in places such as the desert Southwest, Louisiana, New York City, New Zealand, Vietnam and, of course the Great Lakes region.

Internships and resources

Geography majors may earn credit while gaining on-the-job experience through internships with city, county and regional governments or private businesses. The university library is a Federal Map Depository with a collection of more than 92,000 maps in its Simpson Map Library, which can be used for research and study. In addition the department has two computer labs dedicated to geospatial science (cartography, GIS, remote sensing) and is well regarded for its interdisciplinary work with departments across campus.

Job outlook

As an integrative discipline, geography connects the local with the global and helps students take full advantage of a UW-Eau Claire liberal arts education, providing the tools to allow graduates to be flexible and adapt to a dynamic job market. According to predictions by the Department of Labor, geospatial technologies will be among the fastest growing career areas over the next two decades.

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Majors

Comprehensive majors

- Environmental Geography
- International Geography

Standard Majors

Geography - liberal arts

Minors

Anthropology
Geography - liberal arts
Geography - teaching
Geography courses also are an important component of the interdisciplinary environmental science minor.

Certificate

Geospatial Certificate in Geographic Information Systems


Suggested freshman curriculum

- Human Geography

- The Physical Environment
- University Writing
  Requirement-depending
  on placement exam
  For test out options, see
  Blugoldseminar/testout
- Math competency for
  BS/BA degree
- GE education core
  classes (consult with
  Geography advisor)

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Our graduates

Geographers are everywhere in both the public and private sectors. There are careers for geographers in education; environmental engineering and consulting; land-use planning and resource management, at the municipal through the Federal levels; emergency management and NGO relief organizations; industry, supervising shipping routes and identifying industrial locations; public utilities, managing infrastructure; travel and

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Special admission notes

Students are encouraged to meet with Geography faculty as early as possible as they explore courses and possible minors in related disciplines. They should also meet with faculty to discuss career opportunities.

international business, helping companies understand the people and places where they do commerce; and in the retail sector, siting store locations and analyzing markets and customers.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

- Edit Cartographer,
  National Geographic,
  Silver Spring, MD
- Central Irrigation Specialist,
  Spot Water Management,
  San Jose, CA
- Hydrogeologist and
  Storm Water Specialist,
  Wisconsin DNR,
  Eau Claire, WI
- Coastal Hazards
  Outreach Specialist,
  Oregon State Extension,
  Astoria, OR
- Cartographic Specialist,
  Burns and McDonnell,
  Kansas City, MO
- GIS Specialist, East
  View Geospatial,
  Minneapolis, MN
- Grad schools, Penn
  State, Arizona State,
  Missouri State, UConn,
  S. Illinois

Department contact information

Yvonne Plomedahl
plomedym@uwec.edu
715-836-3244

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