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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

Semester-in-Residence

EnvironMentors

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

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