Refine A-Z

By College

By subject


College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography


Discover our world!


When you think about ‘geography’ many students think back to making world maps in middle school social studies; but geography is so much more!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the use of geographic information technologies and data to answer environmental and societal questions is driving the job market for geographers at a rate that is almost twice that of all other occupations. Geographers examine the physical and social processes that help explain why features on the earth’s surface are located where they are, how people interact with their environment, and what makes one place different from another. In early coursework, majors examine the physical properties of the natural environment (water, climate, landforms and vegetation) and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making has in shaping the world around us. Upper level coursework in a selected core area of geography deepens students’ understandings of important environmental and social issues. Thus majors will explore interconnections among climate change, vegetation, environmental degradation, agricultural systems, geopolitical decision-making, human migration and settlement. Coursework in research design, data collection and data analysis allows our graduates to share marketable skills (such as geographical information systems (GIS), fieldwork, interviewing or computer modeling) and their unique perspective of the world with potential employers.

Areas of study

  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Water Resources
  • Energy
  • Urbanization and Development
  • Food Sustainability
  • Public Health


Career Options

  • Physical Geographer
  • Human Geographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Geographic Information System Specialist
  • Urban Planner
  • Geography Teacher


Graduate Programs

  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Environmental Science
  • Planning and Policy
  • Geography Education
  • Natural Resource Management

What’s special about this program?


UD’s Department of Geography provides students with training in physical and human geography. We study and research topics that are at the forefront of environmental and societal challenges including climate change, energy supply, water availability, land degradation, urban design, and place identity. As geographers, we collect information about these challenges using a variety of methods, from geographic information systems, remote sensing and computer modeling, to conducting surveys and interviews, or collecting census data. Students who wish to teach social studies with a geography emphasis have the option to take a track in Geography Education.

Students are encouraged to participate in fieldwork at research locations locally and globally. We also offer advanced skills training and professional certificates in Geographic Information Science and Systems, one of the top emerging technology fields in the workforce.

Get involved


CEOE’s Living Learning Community



DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs and extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Faculty-sponsored research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

Sample curriculum



Critical Reading and Writing

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Lab



Human Geography




Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes



Introduction to Cultural Geography






Meteorology Laboratory 



University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course



Conservation of Natural Resources



Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis



Newark, DE: People, Place and Politics



Geographic Information Systems



University Breadth Course



University Multicultural Requirement



College Breadth Requirements


  Elective Courses

Water and Society



Resources, Environment and Development



University Discovery Learning Experience



Elective Courses


  College Breadth Requirements

Methods and Theory in Geography



Environment and Society



College Breadth Requirements


  Elective Courses