Departmental Mission Statement
The Department of Geography and Geology contributes to the mission of the University through its commitment to quality in teaching, research, and professional service. The primary objective of the Department is to offer rigorous and comprehensive degree programs in geography and geology that cover fundamental geographic and geologic knowledge as well as the latest innovations within these disciplines. The degree programs emphasize experiential learning opportunities including field studies, laboratory analysis, geospatial and quantitative methods, student research, internships, and international studies. Faculty research and service include a wide range of efforts dedicated to scholarly achievement, civic engagement, and applied problem solving at the local, regional, national, and international levels. We build on the traditional strengths of the department while contributing specifically to the University goals of providing a powerful learning experience for students, maintaining a faculty of outstanding scholars, strengthening regional engagement and outreach, preparing students to be global citizens, and encouraging and enhancing diversity.