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 graduate student of geography, you'll learn theoretical and analytical techniques in mapping, statistics and validated field research methods.
We offer the following advanced degrees:
- Master of Science in Geography (thesis option)
- Master of Science in Geography (non-thesis option)
- Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geography
We are a leader in the study and application of advanced GIS and other geospatial information technologies. You'll study analytical techniques in remote sensing, statistical and mathematical modeling, geographic-computational models, network and spatial analysis, and quantifying and modeling. You'll also learn to apply geographic technologies to answer questions about spatial patterns and processes related to real-world challenges.
You’ll become prepared for a career in research, development and consulting for architectural, engineering or environmental firms. Or, you can find career opportunities in public organizations, including federal, state and local governmental agencies.
Directed study programs, internships and independent research experiences will give you exposure to on-the-job scenarios and a significant edge in the job market.