University of Colorado at Boulder

Dept Strength

Hands-On Experience

Learn by doing, not just studying

With an active faculty doing cutting-edge research in all corners of the discipline and the world, CU Geography takes students far beyond the classroom. Students and faculty work side-by-side on research projects, and many of our classes teach practical field skills, such as doing an actual ethnography study, surveying in Denver for an urban geography class, measuring water flow of Boulder Creek, or learning to use high resolution GPS to map the campus. While many of our graduate students work with faculty advisors on collaborative research, many also develop their own independent research projects, developing academic expertise and broader recognition as they earn their degree.