Message from the Chair Professor Emily Skop

Emily SkopWelcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) where award-winning faculty provide a wealth of high-impact learning opportunities to students in inclusive, small-sized settings both inside and outside the classroom. Our outstanding faculty and inquisitive students are compelled to a greater understanding of the places, people, and environmental systems that affect us as a planet and as global citizens. We offer undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) degrees, as well as minors in Geology and Sustainability, and undergraduate and graduate certificates in GIScience. Our degrees incorporate diverse intellectual approaches, conceptual tools, and geospatial technologies all of which prepare graduates for professional careers that have real-world impacts and make a difference. Take a class and get hooked!


Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Broadly, GES seeks to

  • broaden students' understanding of the world in which they live
  • produce graduates with an appreciation for the discipline of geography
  • prepare students for careers and productive citizenship through lifelong learning
  • highlight the importance of inclusivity

Specifically, GES seeks to

  • educate students about human and physical processes that shape the natural and cultural landscape
  • foster understanding of human-environment interactions and sustainability
  • provide technological skills needed to study spatial relationships

Earn Your BA in Geography

To earn a BA in Geography, students complete 41 credit hours of GES courses, 21 of which must be upper division. The curriculum is comprehensive and designed to serve students in potential careers in research, government, industry, and education. This includes courses in physical, human, and cultural geography, as well methods courses that provide exposure to the various tools and techniques of geographic research.

Earn Your MA in Applied Geography

To earn a MA in Applied Geography, students complete 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. The program provides opportunities to explore human-environment relations as well as questions of social equality to address local, regional and international issues. Students engage in sustainability studies, applied community-based research, physical geographic / climatic / geomorphic systems, human / cultural geography, and / or geospatial technologies to provide practical and systematic solutions. 


Announcements / News
UCCS COVID-19 information
The UCCS portal for the most updated information on the COVID-19...  MORE
Interested in earning a Masters Degree in Applied Geography?  
The application deadline for Fall 2021 is Feb. 10, 2021.  MORE
October 2020: UCCS Ranks High in Nationwide Sustainability Accolades
For the third consecutive year, UCCS is one of the nation’s most sustainable...  MORE
July 2020: GES students and faculty take part in Undergraduate Research Academy
The Center for Student Research announced the 2020 Undergraduate Research Academy (URA) Awardees, and LAS represented 80% of...  MORE
May 2020: Theobald receives National Geographic Society award for giant map project
Rebecca Theobald, assistant research professor of geography and environmental studies... MORE
April 2020: Gibbes earns Fulbright award to study innovation, sustainability in Taiwan
Cerian Gibbes, Associate Professor in GES, intends to bring...  MORE
April 2020: Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) announces Tom and Carole Huber Scholarship Fund
Fund to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in RMFI’s signature educational field studies program, Earth Corps...  MORE
Feb 2020: National Geographic Society grantees Skop and Gibbes to tell stories of refugees planting new roots in U.S.
To humanize the refugee resettlement experience, Skop and Gibbes will help African and Southeast Asian refugees... MORE
July 2019: Denver Post covers GES, NOAA/NWS collaboration on lightning in Colorado
An example of applied geographic research interfacing with the general public. STORY
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