We maintain expertise in the four core themes of Geography, and these are interwoven throughout both our teaching and research. More than most Geography programs in the US, we offer a comprehensive and balanced approach to the discipline. This allows our students to combine fields of inquiry – from indigenous mapping and fire ecology to GIS and social landscapes of war and recovery – in ways that only a comprehensive Geography degree can.
Our students are not only exposed to a broad array of geographical training, they also have opportunities to learn from and take part in cutting-edge research in their specialized fields of interest. Our faculty are among the world's top scientists in their research fields, with extensive international collaborative connections and affiliations with the interdisciplinary research institutes for which CU and the city of Boulder are famous. No other Geography department in the country receives as much external research funding as CU Boulder. More than a third of our faculty have joint appointments or affiliations in research units such as the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS), the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES) and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).