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Department of Geography

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Why study geography?

Because people, places, and environments interact and evolve in a changing world.

Why study atmospheric science?

The study of atmospheric processes enables us to understand human interactions with the environment.

Undergraduate Programs

Geography integrates information from a variety of sources to study the nature of culture areas, the emergence of physical and human landscapes, and problems of interaction between people and the environment. Mapping and other techniques for gathering and displaying spatial information are integral parts of the field.

The atmospheric science program offers undergraduates a fundamental knowledge of the atmosphere and the weather it generates. Interactions between weather phenomena and human decisions and activities give the subject important applications. Several tracks lead to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Courses for Nonmajors

All geography courses below the 500 level are open to nonmajors, as are several above that level.

Why study geography?

Because people, places, and environments interact and evolve in a changing world.

Why study atmospheric science?

The study of atmospheric processes enables us to understand human interactions with the environment.

Graduate Programs

Geography

The graduate curriculum emphasizes broad geographic training while encouraging in-depth commitment to specialized concentrations. Students also are encouraged to take course work outside the department that complements their degree programs. Credit-hour requirements below are considered minimums for degree programs. Programs are tailored by the student and adviser to conform to the student’s interests and needs, as well as to fulfill the general degree requirements.

The central thrust of the department and the chief capabilities and interests of the faculty fall within these research-teaching areas:

  1. Human geography including cultural geography, regional development, and environmental policy;
  2. Geographic information science including cartography, geographic information systems, and remote sensing;
  3. Physical geography including geomorphology, soils, and biogeography;
  4. Regional geography including Africa, East Asia, Russia, Latin America, and the United States; and
  5. Atmospheric science and climatology.

Atmospheric Science

The purpose of the program is to expand the student’s knowledge of fundamental atmospheric processes and how the atmosphere interacts with other parts of the environment. Students become familiar with quantitative research methods and how these various approaches can be used to address different problems in atmospheric science. Students gain an in-depth ability to learn specific skills and apply them toward thesis work. These skills consist of, for example, statistical analysis techniques, numerical modeling, or work with atmospheric instrumentation. The breadth of the program and the diverse research topics explored by the faculty are able to accommodate students with a variety of interests.

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