Welcome to the Department of Geography

Here is a list of cluster courses being offered by the Geography Department in Fall 2018:

MINORS

CLUSTERS

COURSES

Geography

American Identities

GEOG 351U: Pacific Northwest, GEOG 368U: U.S. and Canada

Geography

Community Studies

GEOG 331U: Geography of Globalization, GEOG 332U: Urban Geography, GEOG 380U: Maps and Geographic Information

Geography

Design Thinking/Innovation/ Entrepreneurship

GEOG 314U: Severe Weather, GEOG 332U: Urban Geography, GEOG 340U: Global Water Issues and Sustainability, GEOG 345U: Resource Management, GEOG 380U: Maps and Geographic Information

Geography

Environmental Sustainability

GEOG 314U: Severe Weather, GEOG 340U: Global Water Issues and Sustainability, GEOG 345U: Resource Management, GEOG 348U: Cultural and Political Ecology, GEOG 349U: Mountains: Cultural Landscapes

Geography

Global Environmental Change

GEOG 310U: Climate and Water Resources (Crosslisted with SCI 333U), GEOG 312U: Climate Variability (Crosslisted with SCI 334U), GEOG 313U: Biogeography, GEOG 314U: Severe Weather, GEOG  GEOG 340U: Global Water Issues and Sustainability,

Geography

Global Perspectives

GEOG 352U: The Himalaya and Tibet,

Geography

Leading Social Change

GEOG 332U: Urban Geography, GEOG 348U: Cultural and Political Ecology

Geography

Science in Social Context

GEOG 310U: Climate and Water Resources (Crosslisted with SCI 333U), GEOG 312U: Climate Variability (Crosslisted with SCI 334U), GEOG 314U: Severe Weather

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The Department of Geography at Portland State University has faculty with interests in a variety of topics. Faculty research and teaching programs include local, regional, and international interests in hydrology, water resources, climate science, Geographic Information Science, biogeography, sustainability, urban environments, land use analysis, cultural and political ecology, and K-12 geographic education.

The Department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in Geography, undergraduate minors in Geography, GIS, and Water Resources, a Graduate Certificate in GIS, and a joint PhD in Earth, Environment, and Society through the School of the Environment. The Department houses two research centers (Center for Geography Education in Oregon and Center for Spatial Analysis and Research) and four research labs (Climate Science Lab, Geomorphology and Soils Lab, Global Environmental Change Lab, and Hydrology and Water Resources Lab) for quality instruction, research, and outreach.

Portland State’s location in downtown Portland, Oregon provides amenities of urban living in one of the greenest cities in America as well as easy access to the coast, mountains, and high desert with plenty of opportunities for field-based classes and research. Many federal, state, and local agencies plus a variety of environmental and social non-governmental agencies are located in Portland, providing an array of potential applied community-based scholarship for student involvement. 

Faculty News

Geography Faculty Andres Holz is a winner of the Outstanding Scientific Researcher Award in Earth Sciences this year from the Columbia Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi in Portland. 

We are most pleased to announce that Melissa Lucash is he esteemed recipient of this year's Research Faculty Excellence Award! Congratulations, Melissa!

Martin Swobodzinski received an award of $85,201 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/PSU BUILD EXITO Pilot Project Program for a project titled, “Effects of Virtual Companion Animal on Humans Emotional Health. National Institutes of Health” for the period 02/2018 - 01/2019.

 

Student Spotlight

Geography graduate student Emily Slinskey has been selected as one of the five outstanding early career scientist in climate science by World Climate Research Programme.

Doctoral student Kyla Zaret (advisor: Andres Holz) received NSF dissertation improvement grant titled "Altered Disturbance Regimes and Novel Ecosystems:  Understanding and Managing Ecosystem State Change at the Forest-Peatland Ecotone". She also received Oregon SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) fellowship, a Graduate Fellowship for International Research to support her doctoral study in South America. In addition, Kyla also received an award from the Dean of the CLAS. Congratulations!