The Department of Geography at the University of Idaho has built a 30-year tradition of excellence in the study of environmental issues, natural resources, populations, and political and economic systems. The Department of Geography at the University of Idaho emphasizes the study of human-environment interactions in a constantly changing landscape. The department emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography and encourages the use of geospatial technologies including GIS, cartography, remote sensing and computational analysis.
The department has strengths in physical geography (including biogeography, hydrology, climatology and meteorology) that seek to understand mechanisms and spatial processes of the global environmental system. Likewise, the department has strengths in human and political geography that seek to understand patterns and process within social systems. Finally, where the physical and society systems meet, we ultimately seek to understand the impacts pertaining to both human and physical systems in a changing planet.
As a student in our department, you'll gain a strong regional planning and development background and a thorough understanding of critical issues tied to climate change on both a local and global scale. You'll graduate prepared for career opportunities in governmental agencies, land development companies, utilities, public works departments, environmental consulting firms and more.
We offer a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an emphasis in these areas:
- Physical Science and Environment: This option emphasizes the study of processes that impact the physical environment of the earth, as well as the interactions between the physical and human environment. Subtopics include biogeography, climatology, hydrology and meteorology
- Global and Regional Studies: This option is designed to prepare students for employment opportunities in business and industry and also in the field of planning at the regional or community scale.
- Geographic Information Systems: This option focuses on teaching theoretical fundamentals, techniques and practical applications of modern geoprocessing using spatial analysis and information systems technology.
Through field trips, labs and hands-on projects you’ll develop the ability to apply a geographic perspective to better understand local and global events. You’ll also develop technical and critical thinking skills that will enable you to interpret, analyze and solve geographical issues by applying statistics, geographic modeling and sophisticated geographic-spatial technologies.
Group projects, internships and research assistantships provide opportunities to apply your knowledge in and outside of the classroom.