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Academic departments will be minimally staffed. Classes for Fall 2020 are a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid. We recommend email and/or Canvas as the best way to reach faculty and instructors.

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UW-La Crosse Geography and Earth Science

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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.

Welcome Dr. Md Rafiqul Islam and Ryan Good to UW-La Crosse

We are excited to welcome Dr. Md Rafiqul Islam and Ryan Good as Associate Lecturers in the Department of Geography and Earth Science. 

Dr. Islam joins the department after recently defending his dissertation, "A synoptic approach to the south Asian monsoon climate" at Kent State. Dr. Islam will be teaching the following courses in the Fall:

  • ESC 101: Earth Environments lecture and lab
  • ESC 221: Weather and Climate lecture and lab

Ryan Good comes to UW-L from the University of Florida, where he will defend his dissertation this fall. He specializes in the areas of human-environment geographies; sustainable development; environmental justice, and environmental science and Earth science system. Ryan will teach the following courses in the Fall:

  • GEO 102: Maps & Society
  • GEO 110: World Cultural Regions
  • GEO 202: Contemporary Global Issues in Sustainability & Environmental Science

Current Undergraduate Research

Dr. Niti Mishra and students at UW-L utilized Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to study patterns in glacial changes in Himalaya on a benchmark glacier (Annapurna III) in the Annapurna Conservation area in Nepal.

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