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Geography Department

November 5 – Please note that on November 1st, 2018, the UW Provost’s Office released a proposal to reorganize, consolidate and reduce academic programs in geography at the University of Wyoming. Information about this proposal may be found at: which includes a form to provide comment. As a consequence of this proposal being released, enrollment in all existing Geography Department degree programs, minors and certificates - with the exception of the Geography undergraduate minor – are suspended until further notice. For questions regarding this suspension, please contact geography Department Head Dr. Jeff Hamerlinck at .

The Geography department offers the following degrees: 

MA in Geography
MST (Master of Science in Teaching) in Geography
MP (Master in Planning)

Master's programs are based on student interests and faculty expertise. Requirements differ for MA (geography) and MP (planning) degrees that correspond to the differing content of these areas. Content also differs for the MA in geography that depends on student interest in human or physical geography; natural resource management; spatial analysis, information and display. Planning areas include: land use planning, economic development, natural resource planning, community and regional planning, and site development. 

Plans A (with thesis) and B (without thesis/including two research papers) are available in each of the major areas. Coursework in other departments and programs (e.g. Anthropology, Renewable Resources, Botany, Geology/Geophysics, Political Science, and others) is commonly encouraged. Tool courses in all areas are emphasized to ensure the employability of graduates or success in PhD programs.  

Please view the following links for more information regarding the Graduate Program and how to apply.

Ph.D. Program Opportunities

Graduate students in geography can also pursue a Ph.D. degree through interdisciplinary programs including the Program in Ecology (PiE) and Water Resources Environmental Science and Engineering (WRESE).  Interested students should contact faculty and the affiliated programs directly for more information.


Contact Us

Department of Geography

Ross Hall, Room 223

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3311


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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