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Geography

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

 

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.

Areas of study

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

 

Career Options

  • Demogragher
  • 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?

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

ENGL110

 

Critical Reading and Writing
GEOG101/111

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Lab

 

GEOG102

Human Geography

 

GEOG106

 

Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes

GEOG203

 

Introduction to Cultural Geography

MATH115  

 

Pre-Calculus

 

GEOG221  

Meteorology Laboratory 

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

GEOG235

Conservation of Natural Resources

 

GEOG271

Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis

 

GEOG315

Newark, DE: People, Place and Politics

 

GEOG372

Geographic Information Systems

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

 

University Multicultural Requirement

 

 

College Breadth Requirements

 

  Elective Courses
GEOG320

Water and Society

 

GEOG422

Resources, Environment and Development

 

 

University Discovery Learning Experience

 

 

Elective Courses

 

  College Breadth Requirements
GEOG445

Methods and Theory in Geography

 

GEOG449

Environment and Society

 

 

College Breadth Requirements

 

  Elective Courses

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