Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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Well wishes from the Geography and Earth Science Department!

GIS Computer Lab update - 

Students needing or wanting ArcGIS desktop (aka arcmap) or ERDAS to use on their personal Windows computers should send an email to gislab@uwlax.edu from their UWL email address requesting it.

Students needing to access the geo_data and geo_students network drives need to install the vpn client for UWL on their computer (Mac or Windows).  

GIS Lab students have access to a remote desktop for a gis lab computer to complete assignments.  You can do this with a Mac or PC from your home.  Further instructions and should be available on your class canvas site now or in the near future.

Students using computers at mapathon
Students and professor in water using scientific equipment
Students out in the field using gauges
Students hiking in the bluff
UWL Geography professor group photo
Professor and student with drone

Geography is the science that studies interaction between human and environment. The three pillars of Geography are: Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geographic Information Science. Physical geography focuses on the natural world, including patterns of climate, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water on the Earth’s surface. Human geography focuses on human and the society, things such as how people and their activities are distributed in space, how we use and perceive space, and how we create and sustain places on the globe. Geographic Information Science focuses on mapping and modeling the world digitally, as such it involves working with geospatial data and computational techniques to capture, store, analyze geographic patterns, processes and relationship. ​

Since our department’s founding in 1909, our mission has focused on promoting geographical and environmental awareness and literacy through classroom activities, research projects, and outreach programs. La Crosse’s own local geography provides students with truly unique opportunities for projects, research, and explorations, as our campus is located within a mile of towering sandstone bluffs, a 900 acre urban wetland, and the Mississippi River, all accessible through miles of hiking trails.

Accessibility map

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The accessibility map is created and maintained by students in the Geography & Earth Science department.