At the heart of the natural sciences, there is a desire to explore the physical earth, our interactions with it, and how those interactions shape our world, perceptions, and lives. Through the Geography Department and its offerings, you can take part in this important exploration.

Geography is rooted in understanding the sense of place and how the world around us influences our society. Within that discipline, Environmental Science and Conservation has risen as a dynamic area of research centering on natural resource management and the relation between people and planet. Whether you choose a major, minor, or certificate offered within the department, you will gain valuable experience that prepares you for careers in our complex global economy and society.

Student Learning Outcomes

UW-Platteville graduates who complete the Environmental Science and Conservation major should be able to:

  1. understand, define, and explain how geographic inquiry examines human and environmental systems from local to global scales;
  2. apply the concepts of space, place, and region to explain patterns of culture, politics, and economies;
  3. apply geographic techniques to examine spatial variation and diversity in human and environmental systems;
  4. collect, analyze, and effectively communicate data to answer questions about the past, present, and future of our human and physical environment;
  5. articulate a thoughtful, creative, and ethical perspective that utilizes environmental principles to advance the sustainability of our world.