Undergraduate Program

Geography computer lab

Interested in Environmental issues? Geoinformatics and GIS? Public policy?  Health and geography?   If you enjoy connecting the complex global system, geography might be the major for you!

Geography is concerned with place and environment and the ongoing processes of change within and between social and physical systems. Three concepts at the core of the discipline—space, place, and scale—provide theoretical constructs and methodological tools for a science that investigates the complex character of social and environmental phenomena. Geographers examine issues such as distribution and consumption of natural resources, air and water quality, climate changes and ecosystem dynamics, growth and development of urban areas, population dynamics, politics and practice of international development, social justice, and gender relations. They view society and the environment as a physical/social/cultural system. They apply uniquely geographical perspectives and tools, as well as knowledge from other social and scientific disciplines, to analyze the emergent properties of these systems.

The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences offers a bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, and a minor in geography. Undergraduate studies in Geography are constituted in three tracks: Environmental StudiesGeographic Information Science (GIS), and Health and Society. Each track has requirements of introductory and upper-division geography courses, along with coursework from external departments.