Geography, BS—Environmental and Resource Geography Specialization

About the Environmental and Resource Geography Specialization

The Environmental and Resource Geography Specialization equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing environmental challenges facing our world today. Our interdisciplinary courses blend physical and social sciences with real-world experience, preparing you for a range of careers in fields such as environmental planning, natural resource management, and sustainable development. Our experienced faculty is committed to supporting you throughout your academic and professional journey.

Visit Department Website

Why Study Environmental and Resource Geography at CWU?

CWU is located in the heart of Washington state, with vast natural resources and diverse ecosystems, offering ample opportunities for fieldwork and research.

With climate shifts becoming more extreme, the pressing need for natural resource management has come to the forefront of important conversations, especially in Washington with the now seasonal presence of wildfires. We believe in empowering students to create a more sustainable and equitable future for all—and if you do too, then a Geography major is a good choice. 

Where is this program offered?  

How much does this program cost?  

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Careers and Opportunities  

With growing global environmental challenges, studying Environmental and Resource Geography prepares you for a variety of meaningful careers that address these issues. You can make a positive impact in the world while pursuing a fulfilling career. 

  • Environmental Consultant: An Environmental Consultant has an average salary of $77,300 per year and is expected to experience a job growth of 8% between 2019 and 2029. 
  • Water Resource Manager: With a strong foundation in both physical and social sciences, you could work as a Water Resource Manager. This position has an average salary of $83,000.  
  • Urban Planner: If you're interested in Urban Planning, the profession has an average salary of $80,000 per year and is projected to experience a job growth of 11% between 2019 and 2029. 
  • Climate Change Analyst: Consider a career as a Climate Change Analyst. This job has an average salary of $73,500 per year. 

Graduates can also pursue advanced degrees in related fields such as environmental law, policy, or research. 


Only the Best—Geography Department Resources

CWU’s Geography Department boasts one of the most advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) research laboratories in the Northwest. Students and faculty members can conduct research in a biogeography lab, a soils lab, and a hydrology lab.

Just for Geography Students

The Geography department at CWU is fortunate to offer a variety of scholarships to students pursuing their degrees. Take advantage of the numerous Scholarship Opportunities.

Related Programs


Actuarial Science, BS

Get ready for high-demand actuary careers with CWU's Actuarial Science, BS. Prep for professional exams today.

Two students and their professor are working out in the field


Anthropology, BA

Learn about the benefits of an Anthropology Major from Central Washington University.

More Programs

Questions? Contact Us.

Department of Geography

Dean Hall 301