Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Department of Geography and the Environment website. Here you will find information about our faculty, students, and academic programs. Our department has a long tradition of blending faculty research with student experiential learning. In addition to our strong graduate programs, undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research projects supervised by faculty. Field experiences are an important component of our mission, as students and faculty travel throughout the world, either in formal travel courses or in conjunction with research projects.

One of the benefits of studying geography is the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Our faculty provide expertise in environmental change, human-environment interactions, urban sustainability, and geospatial technologies; all with a focus on addressing current social and environmental issues. We have excellent facilities to support our work, including state-of-the-art geospatial technology laboratories, laboratories for dendrochronology, soils and sediment analysis, pollen analysis, and a mountain research station located near the summit of Mt. Evans, about an hour west of campus.

We encourage you to peruse the site to learn more about our faculty and their research, explore the different academic programs we offer, and learn more about the courses that we offer.

Eric Boschmann, Department Chair and Helen Hazen, Associate Chair