Geographers study the spatial distribution of cultural and physical features across the Earth's surface. Using a spatial perspective, geographers seek to understand why things are located where they are, how people interact with their environment, the movement and changes in physical and cultural phenomena over space and time, and what makes regions distinctive. This spatial perspective is one strength of geographic study because it can be done at any level of scale, from the local to the global.
The Department of Geosciences offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Geoscience with a geography concentration. In addition to the basic Geoscience requirements, students concentrating in the Geography Track must take 28 hours in cultural geography, maps and remote sensing, GIS, and a variety of human and physical geography courses to fulfill the geography requirement of 28 hours. The Geography Track gives students the flexibility to tailor the degree toward specific interests in physical and/or human geography.