Message from the Chair Professor Emily Skop

Emily SkopWelcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies(GES) where award-winning faculty provide a wealth of high-impact learning opportunities to students in inclusive, small-sized settings both inside and outside the classroom. Our outstanding faculty and inquisitive students are compelled to a greater understanding of the places, people, and environmental systems that affect us as a planet and as global citizens. We offer undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) degrees, as well as minors in Geology and Sustainability, and undergraduate and graduate certificates in GIScience. Our degrees incorporate diverse intellectual approaches, conceptual tools, and geospatial technologies all of which prepare graduates for professional careers that have real-world impacts and make a difference. Take a class and get hooked!


Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Broadly, GES seeks to

  • broaden students' understanding of the world in which they live
  • produce graduates with an appreciation for the discipline of geography
  • prepare students for careers and productive citizenship through lifelong learning
  • highlight the importance of inclusivity

Specifically, GES seeks to

  • educate students about human and physical processes that shape the natural and cultural landscape
  • foster understanding of human-environment interactions and sustainability
  • provide technological skills needed to study spatial relationships

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography is to provide students with an understanding of the discipline of geography. This includes courses in physical, human, and cultural geography, as well methods courses that provide exposure to the various tools and techniques of geographic research.

Earn Your BA in Geography

To earn a BA in Geography, students complete 41 credit hours of GES courses, 21 of which must be upper divisions, (revised Fall, 2015). The curriculum is comprehensive and designed to serve students in potential careers in research, government, industry and education. As students fine-tune their interests in geography, a GES advisor or other faculty encourages students to follow one of four academic tracks. These tracks, which include a carefully selected set of related courses, are intended to accelerate and direct students toward a specific career.


UCCS COVID-19 information
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April 2020: Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) announces Tom and Carole Huber Scholarship Fund
Fund to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in RMFI’s signature educational field studies program, Earth Corps...  MORE
July 2019: Denver Post covers GES, NOAA/NWS collaboration on lightning in Colorado
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GES offers Graduate Certificate in GIScience
Now, graduate students too can earn a Certificate in GIScience. MORE
Colorado Springs hazards map launched
GES sr. instructor Eric Billmeyer created an interactive Colorado Springs and Vicinity Natural Hazards map. MORE
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