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Focus on Majors: Geography:

Discover our world!

If you have a curiosity about how nature and people together shape the environment and what makes one place different from another, majoring in geography will let you examine the physical and social processes that help explain why features on the earth’s surface are located where they are and how people interact with their environment. You will examine the physical properties of the natural environment (water, climate, landforms and vegetation) and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making have in shaping the world around us. As you progress, you will select a concentration in a core area of geography—listed below as Areas of Study—to deepen your understanding of important environmental and social issues like climate change, vegetation, environmental degradation, agricultural systems, geopolitical decision-making, human migration and settlement. You will gain marketable skills (such as geographical information systems (GIS), fieldwork, interviewing or computer modeling) through coursework in research design, data collection and data analysis. 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.


  • Atmosphere and Earth Systems
  • Environment and Society
  • Geospatial Techniques
  • Space, Place and Globalization


  • Demogragher
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Social Justice Planning
  • Urban Planner
  • Geography Teacher


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

What’s special about this program?

At UD you will gain training in physical and human geography and learn to collect information about environmental challenges using a variety of methods, including GIS, remote sensing, computer modeling, conducting surveys and interviews, and collecting census data.

You are encouraged to participate in fieldwork at research locations locally and globally, and you have the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in Geographic Information Science and Systems, one of the top emerging technology fields in the workforce.

Get Involved

Students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment. Geography majors have additional opportunities to get involved in GIS Day, Geography Awareness Week and ad-hoc activities like Humanitarian Mapathons.

Sample curriculum



Critical Reading and Writing

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Lab




Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes






Meteorology Laboratory 



University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course



Conservation of Natural Resources



Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis



Geographic Information Systems



University Breadth Course



University Multicultural Requirement



College Breadth Requirements


  Elective Courses

Resources, Environment and Development



University Discovery Learning Experience



Elective Courses


  College Breadth Requirements

Methods and Theory in Geography



College Breadth Requirements


  Elective Courses

Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following programs: