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 Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Grossman, Zoltan geography, Native American studies
Joshi, Shangrila climate justice, climate policy and politics, political ecology, environment and development
Levenda, Anthony
Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Cascadia: The Environment and History of the Pacific Northwest
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Climate Justice
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Climate Policy and Action: Internship
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Science and Policy Basics
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Environmental History of North America
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS and Mapping in Excel
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS for Field Data Collection
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS with Remote Sensing Imagery
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS: Introduction and Principles
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Selected Programs 2023-24
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Policy and Action: Internship
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Science and Policy Basics
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
GIS and Mapping in Excel
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS for Field Data Collection
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS with Remote Sensing Imagery
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS: Introduction and Principles
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS: Mapping with ArcGIS Pro
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
GIS: Publishing Story Maps and Apps
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4