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College of the Sciences

Environmental and Resource Geography (B.S.)

The Environmental and Resource Geography specialization emphasizes concepts, methods, and applications in courses concerned with the Earth’s physical systems and its resources. The specialization is designed so that students will develop in-depth data collection and analysis skills, thorough understanding of laboratory processing and analysis methods, and comprehensive, integrated scientific knowledge of earth systems and the relationships of human societies to those systems – especially in the Pacific Northwest. Areas of particular emphasis include weather and climate change, soils and landform processes, wetland and coastal environments, natural hazards, and environmental change at multiple scales. This specialization prepares students for in-demand careers in resource management, environmental analysis, hydrology, soil science, and climatology, as well as advanced studies at the graduate level.


This specialization requires 85-87 credit hours. In addition to the 25-credit hour Geography core, students pursuing this specialization choose from courses grouped in four separate areas:  environmental geography, resource geography, geographic techniques, and regional geography. Students have the flexibility to choose among additional electives and there are three ways to complete the culminating experience for the specialization: an internship, a field experience course, or a specially tailored individual study course.

To learn more about the specific requirements for this specialization, see the guidelines here. For course descriptions, please refer to the current course catalog.


Students who complete the Environmental & Resource Geography specialization can look forward to careers in resource management, natural resource conservation, and planning. Our graduates have put their training and education to good use as near as the Yakima Training Center and the Bureau of Reclamation and as far away as the Vermont Land Trust.


For further information, contact any of the following people in the Department of Geography:

Dr. Anthony Gabriel; (509) 963-1166;

Dr. Karl Lillquist; (509) 963-1184;

Dr. Jennifer Lipton; (509) 963-1164;

Dr. Megan Walsh; (509) 963-3699;

You can learn more about these professors’ areas of expertise on our Faculty & Staff page.


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