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Explore the geospatial analysis and technology bachelor’s degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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. 

Senior Cameron Wingren (center) says being part of an international research team that helped to locate and excavate a historic site in Lithuania is shaping how he thinks about being part of a global community as well as his future career.

International research makes a personal impact

Cameron Wingren's studies recently led him outside the classroom and into a new way of thinking. Alongside a UWEC professor, Cameron joined a team of international researchers to help uncover, document and preserve the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna, a grand religious institution that was ransacked during World War II and later destroyed by the Soviets. 

At the research site in Lithuania, Cameron collected ground-penetrating radar data, and worked with geospatial data and drone imagery. The project also allowed him to meet and work with a variety of people, from filmmakers and archaeologists to geophysicists and historians, as well as people who had personal connections to the project. 

“Meeting people who had parents or grandparents who were victims of the Holocaust humanized the project for me and made me proud of the work we were doing,” Cameron said. “Being able to help, in any way, a group of people who were so wronged and oppressed was, in my opinion, the greatest accomplishment of all this work.” 

Why geospatial analysis and technology at UW-Eau Claire?

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.

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Male student smiling in a computer lab, sitting at a work station

Solving problems with spatial

During his time at UWEC, Matt Dewitte took on every additional opportunity that the geospatial analysis and technology major offered. He completed internships, teaching assistantships, community outreach and student-faculty research projects. Matt was also honored by the American Association of Geographers for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the geographic field as an undergraduate.

His next move after graduation will be as an analyst, and he is excited and prepared to apply the skills he learned at UWEC to help solve important problems.

“When you think about the problems facing the world today, they are all spatial," Matt said. "From climate change to self-driving cars, all these problems are spatial. As geographers, we specialize in spatial thinking, which gives us an incredible toolkit to solve these problems.”

Quick facts

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.
Student organizations
  • Geography and Anthropology Club
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon

What can I do with a geospatial analysis and technology degree from UWEC?

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 analysis and technology careers

Putting the ‘technology’ in geospatial analysis and technology

As a geospatial analysis and technology student, you’ll have the chance to use the same state-of-the-art technology used today by industry professionals. You’ll also be able to spend time in the field, working with local organizations on real projects and initiatives.

It’s this focus on real-world learning that gave Haley Christianson the opportunity to work with Eau Claire County and learn how to use high-precision GPS for various mapping projects.

“I’m hopefully going to get a job doing something with GIS (geographic information systems) or remote sensing,” Haley said. “If you can put on your resume that you’ve had experience doing some of this, you already have a leg up over some of your competitors, which can really help in getting a job.”

Watch to learn more about the incredible opportunities available to you here at UWEC.

Geospatial analysis and technology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

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: 

Learn more about the comprehensive geospatial analysis and technology major in the UWEC course catalog.

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