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Undergraduate Program

Geography Why Of Where

Why study Geography? Because in an ever more connected world, place still matters. 

How do physical and national boundaries affect power and inequality? Why is water central to global politics, culture, and economics? How does place influence who we are, how we act, and the choices we make?

Geography isn’t just about knowing your way around a map. It’s about knowing your way around our changing world. 

In our geography courses, you’ll gain in-demand skills: critical analysis, communication, a global perspective, and an understanding of human-environment dynamics.

Bring your passion and your curiosity to any of our fifty-five undergraduate courses and find out why our geography program is ranked among the top ten in the country. 

Discover the #WhyofWhere


To learn more about the potential of geography in your future, from coursework to careers, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Leslie McLees at You can also schedule an appointment online here (fall, winter, spring terms only). Stay tuned for drop in hours beginning in mid-September.

The major and minor programs are structured to provide exposure to the breadth and possibilities of geography, as well as depth in the student’s interests. See below for checksheets and course offerings. Click on these links for more information on the geography major and the geography minor.

To see what kinds of career paths a geographer can take, including current postings in the Pacific Northwest, click on the Jobs for Geographers link.

The Major & Minor checklist (the “Green Sheet”).

  • Note: In the Fall of 2016, we will implementing a new version of the major and minor. Students can opt in to the new requirements, but all students starting Fall 2016 or later will need to adhere to the requirements of the revised major. The major has been revised to be more streamlined, allow students to focus more on their interests, include more methods courses, include some professional application options, and include a new concentration (formerly known as tracks) on Water Science and Policy.
    • See the new major checksheet, the new minor checksheet, and the course categorizations set to begin in Fall 2016.
    • If you are a continuing student, you will not be able to transition to the new major format until it comes online in the Fall 2016 term. Look for emails from to opt in.
  • For students beginning Fall 2012 through Spring 2016Geography Major Checklist (2012)
  • For students beginning before Fall 2012: Geography Major Checklist

To view our preliminary course offerings for 2017-2018 (the “pink sheet”) click here. Please know that this is a preliminary schedule and some class details and offerings can and will change.

To add or drop the geography major, minor, or a change a concentration:

  • Fill out this interactive form.
  • To email it, don’t save the form, but print it as a pdf and email an unsigned form to the geography undergraduate advisor ( with subject line “GEOG change” from your email address (which acts as a signature to verify you want this change).
  • The subject line must read exactly as stated above to ensure accurate receipt.
  • You may also print out a signed paper copy and bring it to the Geography office in Condon 107.
  • New majors and minors are also encouraged to make an appointment with the Geography advisor, Dr. Leslie McLees, through this online scheduler or through email at