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Undergraduate programs


Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the Earth, why they are located there, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. Geographers have skills in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). There are four main branches of geography: human geography, physical geography, environmental geography, and geographic information science (GIS).


Environmental Science

Undergrad major

Environmental science applies knowledge from the natural sciences to understand issues in the environment with the goal of protecting the Earth and human health.


Geographic Information Science

Undergrad major Undergrad minor Undergrad certificate


Humans & the Environment

Undergrad major Undergrad minor

Environmental Science

Undergrad major

Rooted in geography, biology, chemistry and microbiology, and environmental studies, environmental science applies knowledge from the natural and social sciences to understand issues in the environment with the goal of protecting the Earth and human health.

UWL's Environmental Science major has four tracks available, allowing students to focus on different areas of the field. 

  • Biology Track
  • Chemistry Track
  • Geospatial Techniques Track
  • Microbiology Track

Earth Science

Undergrad minor

Earth Science aims to understand the structures and processes of the world. This includes how these phenomena shape the land and air around us, and how we, in turn, impact Earth's environmental systems. It encompasses fields such as geography, geology, environmental science, meteorology and climatology.


Undergrad minor

Geoarchaeology is a field that uses skills and knowledge from physical geography to answer archaeological questions. With a minor in geoarchaeology, you will begin to understand clues in the natural landscape that can lead to new discoveries about the environment people lived in long ago. A geoarchaeologist not only has a good foundation in archaeology, but also an understanding of how to apply methods of landscape evolution and an understanding of environmental change. 

Graduate programs


This certificate prepares graduate students with the technological and theoretical skills needed to apply geospatial tools.

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science

Graduate certificate

All students majoring in Geography develop a strong foundation in geographic, environmental, and geospatial science. Majors select a concentration or emphasis that aligns with their personal interests, and they have a high level of flexibility in choosing from elective courses to complete their degree.

For more details about majors, minors, and certificates offered by Geography and Environmental Science see below.