Geography explores the patterns and processes that shape the natural and human worlds. Geography majors can specialize in five areas: physical geography; environmental geography; culture, politics and place; geographic information science; and geographic education. This page provides you with information on the requirements for completing a major in geography at UO. It also suggests the types of employment offered in the field of geography. The Department of Geography offers a major that can lead to either a B.A. or a B.S. degree, and the choice depends on the individual interests of the student.
Graduate work leading to the master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.) and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees is offered. A special option in the master's program emphasizing geography and education is available for students with public school teaching licensure. The department's graduate programs emphasize human geography and physical geography with an emphasis on environmental change and Quaternary studies. The master's program may be a more generalized study of cultural, physical, or environmental geography. The Ph.D. program closely follows the research interests of the geography faculty. Because of the small size of the faculty, most students follow an individualized program that includes courses and seminars in related disciplines. Although the department requires knowledge of the fundamentals of geography, it welcomes students whose undergraduate work has been in other disciplines and who can apply their training to geographic problems.
Source: Department Website June 2010