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What will I learn?

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth’s surface. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). Geographers also study the linkages between human activity and natural systems.

Occupational Outlook

Geography is an attractive major for students. Its theories and methods provide analytical techniques applicable to a wide range of questions asked over a broad spectrum of occupations. The potential for practicing geography in private enterprise and government has grown considerably in recent years, although few such positions are designated with the title of geographer. Career opportunities exist in areas where the spatial perspective and the facility of using maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images are especially useful. Included are such areas as city and regional planning, environmental management, market research, map design and publication, international business, and many state and national governmental agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Weather Service, the National Park Service, and the National Biological Survey.

Graduating majors have not had difficulty obtaining employment because of the variety of jobs available to people with geographic training. Most recently, the need for environmental planners in both government and industry has resulted in tremendous demand for our graduates with applied geography skills. The long-term opportunities for geographers and earth scientists are the brightest they have been in years, given the needs our society has placed on understanding our environment and for careful planning of our land, both locally and internationally.

JOB TITLES OF GRADUATES

Business Trade Area Analyst • Cartographer, Department of Defense • Educational Media Specialist, National Geographic Society • GIS, Soil Conservation Service • GIS Technician, Department of Transportation • GIS Technician, Wisconsin Department of Administration • GIS Technician, private development company • GIS, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources •Instructor, U.S. Military Academy, West Point • Meteorologist, National Weather • Planner, Department of Natural Resources • Soil Conservationist • State Park Service Naturalist • Transportation Research and Planning • US Army Corps of Engineers • Water Resources Planner •Cartographer, Garmin, USA • Environmental Analyst, State Highway and Transportation Dept., Arkansas • Researcher/GIS Specialist, Historical Information Gathers, Inc., MN.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Health (CSH)

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$18,175.00 per year
Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

College of Science and Health (CSH)

1725 State Street,

LA CROSSE,

Wisconsin,

54601, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have completion of secondary or post-secondary from institution.

For international students

Applicant must have completion of secondary or post-secondary from institution.

English Language Proficiency

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 73 with IELTS score of 6.0 and PTE score of 54. In addition completion of ELS level 112 and completion of WESLI level 700 is required.

Priority application deadlines are 15 December for the January/Spring semester and 15 July for the September/Fall semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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