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Geography and the Environment 2013-2014


Why study geography at the University of Denver?

Consider these advantages:

  • Engaged and research-active faculty
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • State-of-the-art geospatial technology laboratories
  • Strong and exciting field orientation
  • Excellent location for applied research in physical and human geography

Situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in the dynamic city of Denver, the University of Denver is an ideal laboratory for physical and human geographers, as well as those studying human-environment interaction and geographic information science.
Since it was founded in 1945, the University of Denver's department of geography has offered excellent opportunities for graduate students in teaching, research, academia, government and the private sector.
Quite simply, we are state-of-the-art. Among our distinctive assets:

  • Fully networked labs with frequent upgrades in hardware, specialized equipment and software
  • Four Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs which include most industry standard GIS software (All ESRI products, ERDAS Imagine, E-cognition, ENVI, Web Mapping and Geo-visualization  products)
  • USDA-approved soil and sediment lab, a weather and climate lab and the Hoyt Mineral Collection
  • Multimedia teaching classrooms
  • National and international field trips
  • The Mount Evans field station (elevation 10,600 feet), is just 45 minutes from campus Come visit our facilities, meet our faculty and students and see the advantages for yourself.

The Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver offers programs leading to the MA, MS in Geographic Information Science (GISc) (on-campus and online programs) and PhD Areas of teaching and research include biogeography, climatology, computer-assisted cartography, cultural ecology, cultural geography, development, ecological economics, economic geography, environmental geology, geographic information science, geovisualization, geomorphology, global change, hydrology, land use/land cover analysis, Latin America, natural resources, paleoenvironmental change, political ecology, population geography, Quaternary studies, remote sensing, soils, spatial analysis, sustainability, transportation, and urban geography and planning. With ten tenure-line faculty and four full-time lecturers, our faculty is very active in research, publishing numerous journal articles and presenting many conference papers every year. Our faculty members also are known for their excellence as instructors, with several faculty having earned major teaching awards.