Some of the most curious individuals on campus are part of the Department of Geography. You'll learn the foundations of environmental science, policy and planning to create solutions for problems in the world today. Connecting technology and policy communication, environmental studies graduates are able to secure jobs in a variety of fields and locations.
Develop the skills environmental scientists need in connecting the environment and policy and how environmental issues are communicated in the public arena. You’ll develop your expertise in public policy and administration, or lay out a foundation in mapping systems. You'll learn the fundamentals of environmental issues by exploring:
- Chemistry and biology
- Ecology and conservation
- Geography and geographic information science
- Policy and communication
By taking advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom, you’ll become a well-rounded student and professional, all while making friends and building your résumé.
With high demand from various companies and agencies, there are several ways to earn academic credit for work and volunteer experience. In addition to these opportunities, laboratory and field experience are a built-in part of some environmental studies courses, giving you the opportunity to study outside of the traditional classroom environment.
Clubs and Organizations
Build your network on campus and in the community to gain valuable experience. Take a look at UND's 275+ student organizations on campus to see which ones interest you, such as:
- Gamma Theta Upsilon honor society
- Geography Club
- Wildlife Society
- Environmental Law Society
You'll have the opportunity to participate in active research with faculty within the department and across campus.
You'll have a variety of challenging career options ranging from environmental science to environmental planning and policy analysis, including:
- Environmental scientist
- Industrial ecologist
- Environmental chemist
- Conservation manager
- Environmental restoration planner
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There are many reasons why people decide to study geography. For UND geography graduate student, Rick Thalacker, he was passionate about soil erosion. Read about the research he conducted while at UND.