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Geography is a highly interdisciplinary science that blends physical science, social science, and the humanities. Using skills such as cartography, geographic information science (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis, our students study the relationships between people and their environment. These relationships vary over time and from place to place across the Earth. Students explore the factors responsible for the variable and changing character of Earth’s surface, which over time has been transformed into the human habitat. Because geography integrates physical science, social science, and the humanities, the department requires that our students understand both physical and human systems and provides them with the critical thinking and spatial analytical skills to succeed.

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 such as the distribution of retail sales and industrial production to cultural landscapes, which often have strong historic roots.

Our department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography, Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST), and University Studies (USGE), each with various tracks or concentrations. We also have two minors, focusing on Geography and GIST. For more information about these degree options and some of our high-impact learning opportunities such as internships and research experiences, please see the links to the left.

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