Welcome to the Geography Department

Geography provides a solid foundation for working in an interconnected world. 

About the Geography Department

At Central, we are about making connections. Geography provides a solid foundation for working in an interconnected world. We use the latest technologies in environmental sampling, global positioning, satellite imagery, and spatial data analysis to better understand our populations and our planet.

Degrees and Certificates

Breakdown of Degrees and Certificates

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Faculty and Staff

List of faculty and staff.

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Student Resources

Home page for the Student Resources section of the Geography department site.

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Research Resources

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Breakdown of Scholarships

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Home page for the Alumni section of the Geography department site.

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Why Study Geography at CWU?

Graduates of our programs find careers in land use and transportation planning, wildlife and habitat conservation, wildland fire management, international affairs, intelligence, economic and supply chain analysis, energy management, and industry. We know you are going to do something great with your future, let Central be a part of your journey.

Degree Options

The Department of Geography at CWU offers a variety of degrees and certificates designed to take your academic career to the next level.


  • Geography, BA
  • Geography, BS - Environmental and Resource Geography Specialization
  • Geography, BS – GIScience Specialization
  • Public Policy, BS

Minors and Certificates

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
  • Social Science Research Tools Certificate
  • Natural Resource Management Certificate
  • Geography Minor
Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.


In the Geography Department, we want to make sure you are set for a future career in Geography. Our professors keep a running job list to help your job placement upon graduation. Learn more about Geography Careers.

Check out the Center for Spatial Information and Research at CWU. The Department of Geography conducts grant funded research using established and emerging spatial information technologies. As a student, you can participate in this research with a faculty mentor.

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Department of Geography

Dean Hall 301