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Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Todd Lookingbill, Chair
Professor Lookingbill
Associate Professors Finley-Brook, Salisbury
Assistant Professor Spera
Director of Spatial Analysis Laboratory Redican

In the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability, we seek to explore and understand cultural, biophysical, and geospatial environments, and their interactions and transformations, thereby empowering our students to shape a just and sustainable world.

Geography courses address a range of important issues like global climate change, industrialization, resource management, agricultural change, urbanization, land use, deforestation and hydrology. Geographers emphasize the study of space, place, pattern and scale within these interconnected topics.

Geographers encourage students to explore the Earth’s human and natural processes through critical thinking, spatial theory and geospatial technology. Our classes stress active learning. Natural science courses feature laboratory components that clarify the complexities of the Earth. Participatory social science classes focus on how humans interact with their surroundings and each other. Theories of space, place, pattern and scale deconstruct processes at the macro, meso and micro levels, helping students understand global-local connections.