Thanks for visiting us. We hope your experience in The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies was rewarding and has prepared you for an enriching career and to be productive citizens. The university continues to grow, with our most recent new Science and Engineering building the largest on campus. The new Student Recreation Center is very popular, and the Field house will expand for a larger basketball and other sport arena. We are happy to report that GES remains one of the strongest departments on campus. We currently have 9 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 3 instructors, and 4 highly-qualified lecturers. We usually have between 160 and 180 undergraduate majors, making us one of the larger geography BA programs in the western United States. In spite of this, we keep class size small and maintain our normal close contact between faculty and students. Our MA in Applied Geography has been a resounding success since it began in 2003. We have between 25 and 30 students enrolled and our students have produced 25 research theses as of spring, 2008!
We expect to continue to strengthen our program with vibrant new faculty over the next few years. As always, we struggle with low funding, particularly for teaching assistantships for our graduate students. We hope you remember us when giving to your alma mater, and please keep in touch so we can brag about the accomplishments of our alums!