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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Geography & the Environment

Degree Programs

Geography & the Environment

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Geography Department offers undergraduate degree programs in both geography and environmental science. Students may tailor their degree program to suit their interests by selecting courses emphasizing physical geography and environment, human geography, and geographic information science, and the completion of the capstone Field Quarter experience provides an outstanding opportunity to synthesize their education through first hand experiential learning in the field. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified geotechnology as one of the three top career fields for coming years, and our program offers a variety of technology courses to provide students with a very marketable set of skills upon graduation.

Small classes and individual attention provide students with an educational experience that is comprehensive, intellectually stimulating, and directed towards each student's professional goals. There is opportunity for internships and part-time employment with various local offices of city, state, and federal agencies. Qualified advanced undergraduates may also take part in faculty research projects. Graduates find employment in both the private and public sectors, with approximately 25 percent of our graduates continuing on to pursue advanced degrees at some of the top American and European universities.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Geography Department at the University of Denver marked its 60th anniversary in 2005, and has been offering graduate degrees since its inception in 1945. The department currently offers MA and Ph.D. degrees in Geography and the MS degree in Geographic Information Science. With a permanent faculty of eleven, we have strengths in several substantive areas, and maintain a good balance among human geography, physical geography, and geographic information science. The graduate population is approximate 50 students, and our modest size affords many advantages: small classes, personal attention, excellent financial aid packages, job placement assistance, and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff, and other students. The department also boasts outstanding facilities and resources, with newly renovated and updated offices, labs, classroom space, and offers numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Graduates from this department have enjoyed considerable success in securing employment related to their training and interests. Recent alumni with human geography emphases are currently working for state and local planning agencies, developers, consulting firms, and private industry in Colorado and elsewhere. Those with interest in physical geography have found employment in federal and state agencies, environmental consulting firms, and private enterprises. Several graduates of our masters programs have continued on to pursue doctoral degrees in the top departments in the country. Alumni completing the MSGIS degree are now employed by planning and environmental consultants and GIS companies. In addition, numerous graduates of the doctoral program hold faculty teaching positions with colleges and universities around the country.

Professional Program

In cooperation with University College, the department offers a professional certificate in Geographic Information Systems. This program offers working professionals the opportunity to acquire the background information and hands-on expertise necessary to capitalize on the emerging technology. The certificate program can be completed in six quarters or less, and course work from the program may be applied to the MSGIS masters program.