The graduate program of the Department of Geography offers both MA and PhD degrees. The program’s basic purpose is to train scholars and professionals to produce and disseminate knowledge and to make outstanding contributions in the public and private sectors. There are approximately 8090 graduate students in the program. The department is ranked as one of the top programs among the nation’s doctoralgranting departments of geography.
Fieldwork opportunities and research activities are enhanced by departmental affiliation with various research facilities, including the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and its Mountain Research Station, and the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS). All of these institutes are involved in interdisciplinary research activities related to geography and the environment.
In addition, the proximity of the Boulder campus to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and state and federal agencies in Denver enhance the department’s access to technical resources.
The department’s research facilities also include cartographic, spatial data analysis, personal computer and physical geography laboratories, including facilities for computerassisted cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing interpretation. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the departmental honors program offer other avenues to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research.
A special feature of the department is the geography internship program, which provides an opportunity for qualified geography majors to put their acquired geographic concepts and skills to use in the working world. Participating students may choose from a variety of internship placements. Sponsors include city, county, state and federal agencies, environmental planning consultants, businesses and industries and nonprofit organizations.