Geography

Geography is a Field of Study that focuses on places and how they interconnect human beings with each other and the natural world from local to global scales. Studying geography is an opportunity to integrate different academic disciplines, compare different parts of our planet, and understand how the past has shaped present-day places.

Geographers can emphasize human geography (such as racial/ethnic or economic inequalities across space), natural or physical geography (such as plant regions or natural hazards), or people-environment interaction (such as political ecology, climate justice, food systems, or Indigenous studies).

Studying geography opens your eyes to the world around you and opens doors into careers such as:

  • Urban or rural planning
  • Climate policy development
  • Global education
  • Ecological habitat restoration
  • Cultural site protection
  • International relations
  • Natural resource policy
  • Cartography (mapmaking)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Social Sciences.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Foundations and Global Futures
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest: Biology and Political Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
American Frontiers: Southwest Field Studies
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Restoring Landscapes: Picturing Plants
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16