We’re experts at bridging the physical and human sciences
We bring a holistic perspective to the physical and human processes that shape the world around us, and we strive to understand how people interact with, are shaped by, and in turn help shape, our world. Our teaching and research span an exceptional array of disciplines and we excel at providing field-oriented, hands-on experience. We train our students – in a friendly, well-supported environment – to be top scientists as well as citizens of the broader world to which we’re all connected.
Our departmental community totals more than 300 people. Here are some approximate numbers:
We are ranked #2 in the world!
Physical, human, environment-society, and GIScience
Learn by doing, not just studying
Strong student support and advising; great job placements
White lab coat probably not required
Opportunities abound for field trips and field research
Research the theory of GIS & remote sensing, not just learn methods
We have active student communities
The faculty believes that both physical and human geography are essential to an outstanding department, that both are complementary and indispensible parts of the same subject. Despite individual specializations, all members of the faculty see their interests and research as ultimately related to spatial and environmental systems, human-environment relations, and the character of places.
Climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, arctic and alpine systems, hydrology, and global change
Population, political, urban, social, and cultural geography
Human dimensions of environmental change; natural resources; conservation behavior
GIS, cartography, and remote sensing