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Faculty and Staff
John A. Alwin, human geography, geographic education, Pacific Rim, Asia, western North America
James L. Huckabay, energy resources, climatology, air photo interpretation
Nancy B. Hultquist, GIS, cconomic and urban geography, computer cartography, remote sensing.
Robert Kuhlken, land-use planning, cultural ecology, historical geography, Oceania
Morris L. Uebelacker, human geography, Yakima River Basin, field methods
Anthony Gabriel, biogeography, environmental studies, coastal zone management, Pacific Northwest
Robert Hickey, GIS, remote sensing, environmental impacts, coastal zones, Australia
Karl D. Lillquist, physical geography, geomorphology, soils, environmental change in arid and alpine watersheds
Gina Bloodworth, water resources, policy and law, resource management
Jennifer Lipton, environmental geography, climate change, Latin America
Allen Sullivan, biogeograpy, rangeland ecosystems
Elaine K. Glenn, Middle East, political geography, world regional geography
David Cordner, instructional technician
Marilyn Mason, secretary
Geography’s traditional concern with the inter-relatedness of the natural and human environments and reasons for their differences from place to place, provides important insights into many of the complex problems facing society today.
The department stresses flexibility in the selection of course sequences for majors and encourages study in related departments among the social and natural sciences. The department is an active participant in the following University programs: environmental studies, energy studies, Asia/Pacific studies, Latin American studies, international studies and programs and the resource management graduate program. The department also maintains a well-appointed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory which benefits majors from other programs in addition to geography.
If you choose to major in geography, you will be required to take a core sequence of five courses. The B.A. allows great flexibility in working out a major with the help of one of our faculty advisors. Your major will include a combination of courses in geography and related fields, as approved by one of our departmental advisors, that will best enable you to achieve your goals in life, a geography-related career (e.g., planning, GIS, environmental/resource management) and/or graduate school.
All students who wish to major in geography must:
- have a 2.25 minimum GPA in all coursework taken up to the time of admission;
- apply for acceptance into the geography and land studies major;
- upon acceptance into the program, meet with their assigned advisor to develop a major contract;
- earn a C or better grade in each of the courses in their major contract
James L. Huckabay, geography and land studies
Students interested in investigating energy issues are encouraged to pursue the following interdisciplinary minor which provides:
- An introduction to the technical concepts and language relevant to energy.
- An investigation of current and projected energy use patterns and their associated environmental conflicts.
- A study of the legal, institutional, and economic factors that influence energy policy.