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Programs

Geography
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Monica Reece-Bruya
509-963-1188
monica.reece-bruya@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/geography
Description

At CWU, geography is more than maps and charts—it is a vibrant field of study that involves hands-on, real-life involvement in finding solutions that will enhance the future. You’ll enjoy multiple field trips in locations that range from large cities to remote wilderness areas.

Opportunities

CWU boasts one of the finest Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching and research laboratories in the Northwest. There is a biogeography lab, a soils lab, and a hydrology lab in which students and faculty members conduct research. Central offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Geography with specializations in geographic information science and environmental and resource geography.

Why this program?

Elvin Delgado, CWU assistant professor of geography, is one of only five public university faculty members to receive the coveted Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award. The award was created in 2013 in Ormsby’s honor, in recognition of his efforts to promote civic leadership throughout Washington State. The award “seeks to encourage, recognize and honor exemplary civic engagement.”

CWU is home to the prestigious Center for Spatial Information and Research (CSIR), which coordinates and enhances the application of established and emerging technologies used to create, manage and analyze spatial information.

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Why geography at CWU?

At CWU, geography is more than maps and charts—it is a vibrant field of study that involves hands-on, real-life involvement in finding solutions that will enhance the future.

Geography students enjoy multiple field trips in locations that range from large cities to remote wilderness areas.

CWU offers networking and social opportunities through the Geographical Society including field trips, visiting speakers, and other activities relevant to the study of geography.

CWU is home to the Center for Spatial Information and Research (CSIR), which coordinates and enhances the application of established and emerging technologies used to create, manage and analyze spatial information.

Geography students have access to large format scanners and a 42-inch plotter, as well as a biogeography lab, a soils lab, and a hydrology lab in which students and faculty members conduct research.

Central geography students have served in a wide variety of internships including British Petroleum; Olympic National Park; Teck Cominco; US Bureau of Land Management; US Geological Survey; US Forest Service; and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Connect with CWU Geography

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Career Opportunities

A degree in geography will provide career opportunities such as:

Cartographer

Conservationist

Surveyor

Environmental consultant

Educator

Urban planner

Experience Geography at CWU

Hells Canyon

CWU geography professor Morris Uebelacker takes his students on an annual trip to Hells Canyon over spring break, where they experience what he considers "a landscape of motion." Each time they visit he says impressions change. Because the canyon is so deep and powerful, there's always something new to learn and explore.

Points of Pride

CWU has one of the finest Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching and research laboratories in the Northwest. The university has an Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) site license and is running the latest version of ArcGIS on the 30 computers in the lab.

The Center for Spatial Information and Research partners with the Geo-Ecology Research Group, a consortium of researchers from Central Washington University, Western Washington University, and Washington State Department of Ecology.

A number of major scholarship opportunities are available for eligible geography students, including the Brooks-Shaw Award, the Martin Kaatz Geography Scholarship, and the Joseph P. and Gillian A. Stoltman Scholarship.

Elvin Delgado, CWU assistant professor of geography, is one of only five public university faculty members to receive the coveted Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award. The award was created in 2013 in Ormsby’s honor, in recognition of his efforts to promote civic leadership throughout Washington State.

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