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Geography Department

Undergraduate Program

Geography coursework at UW extends back to a first course in physical geography taught by Aven Nelson in 1890. From 1910 to 1955, geography was taught in the College of Education which offered the first degrees, while the Geology Department provided some coursework in physical geography through the 1950s.

Geography was brought fully into the College of Arts and Sciences in 1960. The Department of Geography was founded in 1966 and combined with the Department of Recreation and Park Administration (founded 1975) as the Department of Geography and Recreation in 1985. The Planning program was founded in 1975 as a graduate program in the Geography and Recreation Department. In 2000 most recreation programming was closed and in 2005, the department was reconstituted as the Department of Geography.

The Geography Department offers a BA or BS in the following concentrations:

Human Geography (BA)
Physical Geography (BS)
Geographic Information Science (BS)
Natural Resource Management (BA)
Planning (BS)

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The Department of Geography participates in the interdisciplinary Earth System Science (ESS) program, in which students take courses in both Geography and ESS to earn a BS in Earth System Science with concentration in Geography.

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Department of Geography

Ross Hall, Room 223

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3311


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