Welcome to the Department of Geography


 You want to understand the world. Geography asks the big questions — Where? How? Why? What if? — and gives you the perspective to answer them with advanced technology and a solid knowledge of the world in which we all live.  Geographers apply their unique knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a diverse range of industries and address the important issues of the day by

 
    Managing natural and urban environments
    Analyzing the evolving relationship between people and places
    Planning transportation routes
    Investigating sustainable land use worldwide
    Creating Geographic Management Systems for industries and government agencies
    Helping to understand and restore natural ecosystems
    and much, much more ... Geographers make a difference!
 
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences and the natural sciences. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geospatial technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth.  Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education; business; local, state, or federal government agencies; and nonprofit organizations.  Geographers are classified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a “Bright Outlook” occupation and geospatial technology, in particular, is considered a high growth industry by the Department of Labor with an annual growth rate of almost 35 percent.