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Geography blends physical science, social science and the humanities. You’ll study relationships between people and environments using skills such as cartography, Geographic Information Science (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis.

Geography is the study of the relationships between people and their environments, relationships that vary from place to place over the Earth. Students inquire into those factors responsible for the variable and changing character of Earth’s surface, which over time has been transformed into the human habitat. Geography integrates physical science, social science and the humanities. The Department requires that students understand both physical and human systems and develop the spatial analytical skills to do so.

Physical geography emphasizes a systematic and interdisciplinary approach to the study of landforms, climate, soils and vegetation. Human geography seeks to describe and explain the spatial patterns of human activities on Earth. These range from such economic activities as the distribution of retail sales and industrial production to cultural landscapes, which often have strong historic roots. Both physical and human geography use a set of analytic techniques that includes cartography, Geographic Information Science (GISci), quantitative methods and remote sensing.

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