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Geography isn’t just about knowing your way around a map. 

It’s about knowing your way around our ever-changing world. 

The Department of Geography at the University of Oregon is one of the top ten geography programs in the country. We feature faculty and students researching and teaching about the cutting edge of important societal issues, such as racism, climate change, water resources, economic development, land use, conflict, migration, spatial data science, cartography, and more. We offer two major programs of study, Geography and Spatial Data Science and Technology and a minor in Geography.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our department is following the University’s Return to Campus Plan for the fall term. Most faculty and staff will be working remotely. Please see our webpages for more information about courses and our degree programs. General questions may be e-mailed to Questions from specific current or prospective students can be directed to

The university’s comprehensive website for COVID-19 resources and information can be found at


Commencement 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year’s ceremonies will be held virtually. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

We are truly sorry to miss the opportunity of celebrating with you and your families. Commencement is undoubtedly one of the best days of the year. Unfortunately, we are unable to have gatherings to celebrate, but we hope that you will participate in the alternative ceremonies and celebrations that the University has worked hard to provide. For those graduating, please keep an eye on your emails from the university.

The main campus ceremony will be released at 9am


Advising during UO coronavirus closure

A message from Leslie McLees, the undergraduate advisor, about the impacts of coronavirus on advising

Due to the actions listed by UO President Schill, classes will be delivered remotely through the Spring 2020 term. Advising will also be conducted remotely as the university is essentially closed. If you have some basic questions about courses and requirements that you think can be answered via email, please email and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like to have a conversation with me, we can set up a time over email to use Zoom to have a