Research and service learning are important aspects of our undergraduate and graduate programs.  The department coordinates its teaching and research initiatives around five overlapping clusters of ideas and projects. 

Earth and EnvironmentPicture2
Understanding the linkages and feedbacks of the biophysical environment.

Geographic Information Sciences and Geovisualization
Integrated digital technologies for GIS, remote sensing, and GPS.

Culture, Society and Space
Studying place, power, regional change, race, gender, identity, and representation.

Globalization and International Development
Approaching the changing geographies of capital, labor, and technology.

Nature and Society
Exploring the complex interactions between people and the environment.


Graduate students are active members of our research community with many supported by major national and international foundations to pursue their research locally or overseas, or working in collaboration with one of the many research institutes and centers with which we are affiliated.

Undergraduate research opportunities for majors have emerged as a major component of our program in recent years, with students engaged in many faculty research projects, often leading to publication.