The Department of Geography offers undergraduate programs of study in three primary areas of geography.
- Human Geography combines economic and cultural geography to explore the relationships between humans and their natural environment, and to track the broad social patterns that shape human societies.
- Physical Geography is the study of the natural processes that shape the surface of the Earth and life on it; the characteristics of the natural features of some portion of the Earth's surface; the study of physical features of the earth's surface.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer programs linking features commonly seen on maps (such as roads, town boundaries, water bodies) with related information not usually presented on maps, such as type of road surface, population, type of agriculture, type of vegetation, or water quality information. A GIS is a unique information system in which individual observations can be spatially referenced to each other.
We offer both Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Students who seek the B.S. degree typically have interests in geosciences, landforms, weather/meteorology, climate change, plant geography or related topics. Those who pursue the A.B. degree typically have interest in international development, population and demographics, migration, urban studies, globalization, and related issues.