Small plants grow out of rocky ground against a mountainous backdrop

Natural Resources Conservation

A Holistic Approach to Earth’s Environments

Geography is the original environmental science. Physical geography brings together geology, climatology, hydrology, and ecology to study landscapes and ecosystems. Human geography explores how people use resources and modify their environments. Together they provide an integrative perspective critical for managing resources more sustainably into the future.

Environmental Science + Policy Expertise

Majors in Geography understand how environmental and social processes interact to produce unique environments across the globe. Their breadth of knowledge, combined with specialized geospatial skills, makes them critical to interdisciplinary collaboration on the world’s biggest resources and environmental challenges.  

An Integrative CurriculumStudents and faculty on kayaking research trip

Majors in Geography integrate diverse perspectives on the environment including

  • geography of Earth’s physical environments and human resource use
  • advanced environmental sciences including hydrology, botany, and landscape ecology
  • analytical and management techniques like GIS mapping and remote sensing
  • environmental management, resource conservation, and sustainable development policy

Green Careers

Exciting careers—many with a major field component—include:

  • natural resource and land use manager
  • environmental protection specialist
  • research scientist
  • park ranger or conservation officer

In the Real World