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College of the Sciences

About Us

Dean Hall


Department of Geography
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Monica Reece-Bruya
Dean Hall 301
(509) 963-1188

Dean Hall

The Department of Geography is located on the third floor of Dean Hall with most of our classrooms and laboratories on the first and second floors of the same building. Dean Hall has earned a national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), following the completion in 2008 of a $23.2 million renovation of the 40 year old building. Dean Hall is also home to the Center for Spatial Information. The Department of Geography has one of the finest Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching and research laboratories in the Northwest. The University has an ESRI site license and is running the latest version of ArcGIS on the 30 computers in the lab. Large format scanners and a 42 inch plotter are also available to students. Other laboratories in which students and faculty members conduct research include a biogeography lab, a soils lab, and a hydrology lab. We maintain an excellent collection of USGS topographic maps of Washington and adjacent states. These are available for you to use with the approval and supervision of a departmental faculty member. We also have a large archive of aerial photographs of Kittitas County and neighboring counties. This collection spans more than 50 years of records and is extremely useful in assessing historic environmental changes in the region.

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