Geography and Earth Science

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  • 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.