Bridging Natural and Social Science
Students in UNC’s Geography program study the environmental, cultural, political and economic processes that produce distinctive local, regional and global patterns across the Earth’s surface. Geography is one of the few academic disciplines that bridge the gap between the natural and social sciences.
Geographers analyze how complex interactions among these spatial processes create constantly changing human and natural landscapes across the world.
Students can choose from one of three emphasis areas: Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), Global and Area Studies, and Secondary Teaching. The department also has a dedicated Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) laboratory and paleoenvironmental research laboratory.
Announcements and News
Become a GEODE
The Department of Geography & GIS will host a workshop, "Become a GEODE (Geography District Expert)," on Sept. 28, 2016. This workshop gives priority to secondary social studies teachers in the rural districts of Colorado's eastern plains, though all districts are welcome to apply.
Professor of Common Ground
Taking students out of the classroom and into Colorado's diverse landscape, Fulbright scholar and geography professor Karen Barton, Ph.D., builds understanding in the face of polarizing issues.
Geography Field Trip
University of Northern Colorado students attend a geography field trip on the Colorado River. Instruction by Professor Jimmy Dunn and outfitted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc.
Learn more about what UNC’s Department of Geography & GIS offers students. Geography is a diverse branch of study that appeals to a variety of interests, including the high tech field of GIS, physical science for those who want to explore the natural world, and even urban planning for students interested in helping make our cities and towns function better.
Notable Alumni: Matt Peldzus '12
My name is Matt Peldzus and I graduated from UNC with a Geography and G.I.S. degree in 2012. I work for a company called AlsoEnergy out of Boulder. We customize and manufacture ways to measure solar energy using cloud technology. It's a fairly small company but almost doubling in size and profit each year. In 2009, AlsoEnergy introduced PowerTrack™, a cloud-based software platform for monitoring renewable energy system performance. Our company monitors 1,500 solar power project sites in the United States, Canada, Korea, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Slovakia, France, UAE, Australia, Spain and Greece. This is a photo from 2009 when I joined Dr. Barton’s field course to Peru.
Notable Alumni: Ben Rude '11
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with my Geography degree and teaching license in December, 2011. After a semester of substitute teaching and coaching track in the Thompson School District, I accepted my first full-time position at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs. I am entering my second year at LHS and will be teaching World Regional Geography, World History and Geography, and Honors Civics. I feel like the Geography Department at UNC did an exceptional job in preparing me to instruct these courses. When I’m not busy teaching, I coach football at Liberty and am working towards a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, also through UNC. My interests outside of school include backpacking, hiking, and running.
Career Paths in Geography
When you choose to pursue a career in Geography and GIS at UNC, you'll have many options and opportunities for specialization and focus. Career paths include work in business, with community organizations, in GIS, government, natural science, planning, resource management, teaching and transportation. Take a look at the type of work you'll be doing, and read about some of our alumni in the field.