Conducting field work on Pikes Peak
Geography develops a distinct method of observation and analysis aimed at understanding culture and the natural landscape. Geographers use the spatial or place concept to look at the myriad of human and physical phenomena on the earth and they study the variations and interactions of these phenomena from place to place. The central question of geography is "Why is it like this here?" Its value as an academic discipline rests on its ability to make connections and explain how the world works in terms of both physical and human spatial patterns and associations and the broad, interdisciplinary education it offers students.
Students at UCCS get a background in the analysis of human interaction through the study of introductory world, regional and human geography and a sound natural science background with two introductory courses in environmental systems. Advanced courses in cartography, remote sensing, statistical analysis, resource conservation, natural hazards and others develop the students expertise in geographic thought and methodologies. Geography prepares them to look at complex issues with a critical eye and give them the analytical tools to study complicated and crucial world problems.
A degree in Geography and Environmental Studies can lead to employment opportunities ranging from entry-level positions in government or business to a variety of professions requiring advanced study and training.
With their combination of social and natural science knowledge and their ability to use the tools of geographic research, geographers are invaluable to many segments of federal, regional, state and local governments.
A geography degree is especially useful in planning or environmental organizations. It is also an excellent degree as preparation for an educational or business career.