About This Degree
The master’s program in geography is centered on exploring how the geographic perspective informs our understanding of human-environment relationships.
Broadly, geographers are concerned with the relationship between people and place and why place matters, the spatial patterns of human activity across the earth and the processes underlying those patterns, and the linkages among places in a globalizing world.
Formed in 2002, the Department of Environment and Society is the first of its kind in a college of natural resources in the country and has served as a model for the development of similar departments at other institutions of higher learning.
What You Will Learn
Geography is a diverse field, covering a wide range of issues, including the social aspects of natural resource management and conservation, land-use and environmental change, international and rural development, map making, planning, natural disaster response, and more.
The geography degree combines technical training in geographic/information systems, remote sensing, and quantitative and qualitative analysis with the study of the human-environment relationship.
Climate Adaptation Science (Geography MS):
The Climate Adaptation Science specialization provides students with experiences in actionable science through internship and research experiences. Program includes interdisciplinary research to identify adaptive responses to changing climate extremes and two-part internships with agency, NGO, and industry partners. In a first internship, students contribute to projects and learn the workplace cultures and science needs of the host. The internship experiences inform interdisciplinary climate adaptation research by student teams. In a second internship, students share science results and tools with the host organization and help put that science into action.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates can work in the following areas:
- GIS specialist
- Natural resource management
- International conservation
- Non-profit/non-governmental organization work
- Environmental consulting
- International development
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Learn how human activities affect the natural environment and help make changes in policy, land management, and human behavior to reduce society’s impact on the natural world.
Develop skills and experience applying industry standard GIS and remote sensing tools to natural resource issues.
Earn a master’s as a working professional as you take courses to help you become a manager and decision maker in the natural resources field.