University of Colorado at Boulder

Dept Strength

Strong Field Focus

Opportunities abound for field trips and field research

With a history of field-oriented research, CU Geography specializes in learning outside of the classroom. Faculty fieldwork sites range from the Greenland icecap and the temperate forests of Patagonia to the savannas of East Africa and the plateau of Tibet. Our faculty work in rural as well as urban areas, arctic and mountain regions as well as tropical areas. Many of our classes are also field-focused with cultural geography students exploring the hidden landscapes of the Front Range, hydrology students conducting spring snow surveys at 12,000 feet on Niwot Ridge, and remote sensing students ground checking RS data for their class research projects.