The Department of Geography offers four undergraduate programs. They are:
1. Bachelor of Arts in Geography
2. Bachelor of Science in Geography
3. Minor in Geography
4. Minor in Geographic Information Science
5. Minor in Water Resources
The geography program gives students an appreciation and understanding of the human environment on global, regional, and local scales. It provides background and requisite training for careers in resource, planning, environmental, or education fields. Geography majors find work in urban and natural resource management, spatial/GIS analysis, urban planning, map design and production, and statistical analysis. Geography is the lead department on campus for training in GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and spatial analysis.
Geography is a broad discipline that encompasses natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The Geography minor complements most majors and offers a broad foundational background of knowledge about the world and spatial sciences. Students can either specialize in a particular area of geography such as environmental issues and sustainability or urban and cultural studies, or can further broaden their interests and perspectives by taking upper level geography courses in different areas of geography (e.g., physical, human, and GIS). We welcome students of any major who wish to expand their knowledge of the world, from the local area to the global perspective.
Requirements for the Minor in Geography
The spatial perspective and skills at the core of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are essential for understanding the variety of social, economic, and environmental issues that confront us at local, regional, and global scales. Mapping spatial relationships between human and environmental phenomena is critical to understanding contemporary issues and identifying successful strategies to resolve complex problems. Many public agencies in the Portland metropolitan region recognize the importance of this analytical tool, have GIS capacity, and need trained practitioners. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified GIS and geo-spatial technology as a field in high demand with excellent job opportunities.
Minor in Water Resources
The Minor in Water Resources, as part of the Department of Geography within the School of the Environment (SOE), offers broad training in spatial perspectives of sociopolitical and biophysical dimensions of water resource issues at local, regional, national, and international scales. As climate changes and population grows in many parts of the world, water resource sustainability becomes an increasingly urgent issue for our sustainable future. This minor is designed to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and experience in complex water resource issues.