Geography & Geology

Geography & Geology

Geography & Geology

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Peter Jacobs, chair
Geography & Geology Department
UH 105
(262) 472-1082

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About the Programs

Students in the geography and geology program will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated faculty members.

The department has two computer laboratories for computerized cartography and Geographic Information Systems applications, including color printing and large format plotting. Students can earn a certificate in Geographic Information Systems, making them marketable to businesses and public agencies.

The program also features state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated teaching and research laboratories for physical geography and geology. As a result, students will graduate with extensive hands-on experience.

Students are viewed by geography and geology faculty members as colleagues, and they will have the opportunity to collaborate with instructors on research and journal articles. The department is a leader on the UW-Whitewater campus in involving students in undergraduate research, especially in the areas of soil science and paleontology. Opportunities for fieldwork and travel studies also exist.

The department's broad geography and geology curriculum allows students to specialize in a particular area of interest. Six majors are offered in general geography, geology, international/regional, physical/environmental, quantitative/technical and urban/suburban geography. Minors in geography, geology, elementary education, environmental studies and urban area development are also available.

In addition to undergraduate research, students can do an internship or participate in the Whitewater Geography Association or Gamma Theta Upsilon, a national geography honor society.

Graduates of the geography and geology program may go on to graduate school or pursue careers as city or county planners, land use specialists, Geographic Information Systems specialists, insurance risk assessors or environmental geologists.

Suggested Course of Study

Geography

Freshman/Sophomore Year

  • Introduction to Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Mapping

Junior/Senior Year

  • Regional, Systematic , and Technical Courses (300 level or above)
  • A 400 level research course approved in consultation with your advisor
  • Capstone in Geography

Geology

Freshman/Sophomore Year

  • Introduction to Geography
  • Principles of Geology or Elements of Geology
  • Introduction to Mapping
  • Earth and Life History

Junior/Senior Year

  • Geology Core and Geological Electives (300 level or above)
  • A 400 level Advanced Disciplinary Course approved in consultation with your advisor
  • Capstone in Geography

Location

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Directory Assistance: (262) 472-1234

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