College of Letters & Sciences
Department Staff

Geography, Geology & Environmental Science

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 120A
Jeff Olson
Master Adviser & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5271
Location: Upham Hall 112
Patricia Filipiak
Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1071
Location: Upham Hall 120

Geography, Geology and Environmental Science

Gaining expertise regarding what is around us, above us, and underneath us in the physical world is a pursuit that is exciting, gratifying, and crucial to further our knowledge as human beings. This is the world of geography and geology.

The Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science offers an array of physical science, social science, and technical courses covering a wide range of academic interests and career paths that students may pursue. Listed here are the majors, minors, and certificates for the department:





All tenure-track faculty and most academic staff in the department hold doctoral degrees. Strong student evaluations of instructors indicate a high measure of effective teaching.

Hands-on Learning

Faculty often hire students as technical specialists to assist in computer labs and as assistants on faculty-generated teaching and research grants. Some offer travel study opportunities. In addition, students can intern with local businesses, environmental offices, and city, county, and regional planning agencies. Most internships are paid. Recent firms/agencies include:

  • City of Janesville (WI)
  • Jefferson County (WI)
  • Johnson Controls
  • Land Information Office
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Student Organizations

Students can pursue a variety of educational, social, and travel opportunities with the Whitewater Geography Association (WGA). A local chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, geography national student organization, is open to qualified students.

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