Explore the fascinating world of geospatial data and information with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's geospatial analysis and technology bachelor's degree. An excellent path for those who wish to work in archaeology, climate science, resource planning or conservation and disaster relief, our comprehensive major will help you find your calling and be successful in your chosen career.
The geospatial field is rapidly growing, making this degree in high demand. Led by expert faculty, you'll learn how to use geographic data to create a visual record of a landscape, examine historic records and operate cutting-edge geographic information system (GIS) technology.
A key component of this program is providing students with applicable, real-world experience. All students majoring in geospatial analysis and technology are required to complete an internship or capstone project. You will also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative, ground-breaking research — right alongside your professors — all over the country. Take your travels a step further by participating in study abroad or the National Student Exchange program.
At UW-Eau Claire, there is no shortage of amazing, interactive learning opportunities. Take advantage of technology-filled labs, innovative curriculum and skill-building student organizations. Here, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. You'll leave with meaningful connections, marketable skills and the opportunity to make a lasting impact on our world.
Room to explore. The world is your classroom! Study beautiful natural landmarks right here in Eau Claire, like the Chippewa River, or in Hawai’i or France. Through field and immersion trips, you'll become familiar with the geographer’s fieldwork toolset while using canoes, geoprobes and zodiac boats and trailers.
Cutting-edge technology. Geospatial analysis and technology majors have direct access to some of the field's latest technologies, including global positioning systems (GPS), ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), giving you skills and experience highly sought after by employers.
Life-changing internships. Faculty’s long-standing relationships with businesses offer consistent and excellent internship openings, giving you the opportunity to develop your resume while pursuing your passion. Previous students have interned at places like Xcel Energy, Michels and Eau Claire County.
Unique research opportunities. Take advantage of research experiences that will set you apart in the field. Students frequently present their research findings at state and national conferences, giving you the chance to connect with students and geographers alike.
Geospatial analysis and technology program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Geography and Anthropology Club
- Gamma Theta Upsilon
Earning a geospatial analysis and technology degree from UW-Eau Claire empowers you to take on many different career paths and opportunities, including graduate school. And because the demand for geospatial skills and knowledge of related technology is growing, graduates are regularly recruited by businesses and industries in Wisconsin and around the world.
Where are geospatial analysis and technology alumni now?
- Geospatial technician, Finley Engineering, Wisconsin
- UAS program administrator, Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin
- Mobile LiDAR quality analyst, Continental Mapping, Wisconsin
- Geospatial data and mapping specialist/UAS pilot, Mi-Tech Services, Wisconsin
- GIS services administrator, Intermountain Rural Electric Association, Colorado
- GIS scientist, Land IQ, California
- Senior engineering manager, Planet Labs, California
- Geospatial analyst, CACI International, Washington, D.C.
Geospatial analysis and technology careers
- GIS analyst
- UAS/drone systems specialist
- Remote sensing/LiDAR analyst
- Environmental change specialist
- Geospatial data manager
- Land-use planner
- Land surveyor
The geospatial analysis and technology program provides engaging, field-oriented learning, helping you to build a solid foundation and understanding of geography. The chance to work with evolving technology, software and tools ensures you are ready to hit the ground running on day one of your chosen career.
What classes do geospatial analysis and technology majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Business geographics
- Computer mapping
- Database management systems
- Cartographic design
- Geographic information systems
- Human geography
- Web geographic information systems
Learn more about the comprehensive geospatial analysis and technology major in the UWEC course catalog.
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