We offer a high-quality, award-winning undergraduate program incorporating a wide range of courses in human and physical geography, as well as cartography and geospatial techniques. Students obtain a strong geographic foundation through a sequence of introductory classes, along with a skills-based methodology course and research lab. Geographic concepts, ideas, and skills are developed and mastered in upper-division regional, systematic, and in-depth geography courses. Our majors further develop and demonstrate geographic mastery through a research-based senior capstone. While our program is designed to ensure breadth in geographic education, students may focus their geographic education by specializing in one of the department’s three emphasis areas of systematic geography:
- The Human World
- The Physical Environment
- Geospatial Systems
The department upholds a strong tradition of field study, including exploration of the local communities, the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada, and other landscapes of the American west, as well as linkages to overseas programs.
We recommend that students who are interested in this major take history, government, mathematics, science and study a foreign language in high school.