University of Colorado at Boulder

Dept Strengths

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:

88 Grad Students
5 Staff
200 Undergraduates


CU Geosciences Ranked Among the Best by U.S. News and World Report

We are ranked #2 in the world!

Diverse Education

Physical, human, environment-society, and GIScience

Hands-On Experience

Learn by doing, not just studying

Solid Foundation

Strong student support and advising; great job placements

Engaging Research

White lab coat probably not required

Strong Field Focus

Opportunities abound for field trips and field research

Deep GIScience

Research the theory of GIS & remote sensing, not just learn methods

Friendly Atmosphere

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.

Physical Geography

Climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, arctic and alpine systems, hydrology, and global change

Human Geography

Population, political, urban, social, and cultural geography

Environment-Society Relations

Human dimensions of environmental change; natural resources; conservation behavior

Geographic Information Science

GIS, cartography, and remote sensing