People, Climate and the Environments

Farm ground

Global Challenges Require Innovative Solutions

Geographers integrate natural and social sciences to understand a complex and diverse world. An inter-disciplinary and ‘big picture’ perspective is increasingly essential for tackling local and global environmental challenges, and imagining a healthier planet for working towards creating a healthier planet for the future. Climate change, increases in the human population, and rapidly changing environments create opportunities for geographers to apply their technical skills to find real solutions to the critical challenges we face.

Integrative Perspective and Geospatial Skills

Geographers have a unique ability to comprehend and analyze interconnected natural and social processes. They combine a breadth of knowledge with specialized skills to comprehend global change, and collaborate to solve big problems. They are the original sustainability professionals.

Unique Integration of Social and Natural Sciencesenvironmental survey

Majors in Geography and Sustainable Development have a distinctly interdisciplinary focus

  • people, places, climate, and environments 
  • global change and natural resources conservation
  • theory and application of GIS and remote sensing
  • advanced topics in ecoregions, global development, and sustainability

Green Careers for the Future

Careers opportunities include

  • natural resources and land use manager
  • sustainability professional
  • social entrepreneur
  • environmental specialist and/or consultant
  • field-based technician
  • research scientist

In the Real World