All things geographical and environmental. This is where you become an explorer.

Three areas of study Geography, Earth Science, and Environmental Science are all related by their focus on how places work — just at different scales of time and space!  

If you love knowing about where things are happening, such as the growing cities of the world, the unique cultures in various places, and even just the remarkable variety and richness in your home county, then Geography might be the major for you.

If you love the amazing story of how mountains are made and torn down over millions of years, how rivers get their shape, and how earth’s climate is changing, then Earth Science might be for you - we offer a Teachers’ Certification Program in this field, as well as a number of Earth Science (Geology) courses.

If you simply want to be part of the stewardship of this planet - protecting our wildlife, water, air quality, forests, coasts, and oceans, the Environmental Science major is for you.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">College Football - Mapping Fandom</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><strong><picture class="lw_image lw_image433 lw_align_left lw_block"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/500/height/333/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/500/height/333/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/500/height/333/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/500/height/333/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Alex Cooper presenting at Ampersand Day 2016." src="/live/image/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/611/height/407/433_Alex_Cooper.rev.1502209978.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></strong></p><p><strong>Alex Cooper ’17</strong> produced the first maps of the fan activity associated with college football, and won several awards with his research.  He found that the Southeastern Conference has the strongest fan base of any conference, and the strongest association with a geographic region.</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">The Geography of Suicide</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image411 lw_align_left"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/500/height/220/411_pasted_image_0.rev.1502111837.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/500/height/220/411_pasted_image_0.rev.1502111837.png 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/611/height/269/411_pasted_image_0.rev.1502111837.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/611/height/269/411_pasted_image_0.rev.1502111837.png 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Mapping image of suicide rates across the globe. " data-caption="Mapping image of suicide rates across the globe. " src="/live/image/gid/83/width/611/height/269/411_pasted_image_0.rev.1502111837.png" title="pasted image 0" data-max-w="1024" data-max-h="451" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></p><p><strong>Kala Curtis ’18</strong> is using her Geography major to compare suicide rates in African countries in hopes of discovering an operational factor which can assist and facilitate awareness to the suicidal conditions in African countries.</p></div>