•  Wrightsville dam

    Students performing fracture analysis and hazard assessment of the Wrightsville Dam spillway in collaboration with Vermont state geologist Jonathan Kim. Photo taken by a photogrammetry drone.

    Photo Credit: Evan Robinson

  • UVM students visit a local farm to learn about refugee agriculture as part of their study of immigrants, diasporas, and the meaning of food and foodways

    Students in Pablo Bose’s senior seminar in geography and global studies visit a local farm to learn about refugee agriculture as part of their study of immigrants, diasporas, and the meaning of food and foodways. Photo credit: Pablo Bose

  • Students doing research at Cotton Brook

    Students on a field trip to a landslide site at Cotton Brook.

    Photo Credit: Joshua Brown

  • tree coring process, markings

    Prof. Shelly Rayback and students coring trees on Camel’s Hump.

    Photo Credits: Joshua Brown

  • students receiving mapping training at Cotton Brook

    Undergraduate students receiving training in surficial geologic mapping at Cotton Brook Landslide, one of Vermont’s biggest recent mass wasting events. Students spent the summer mapping surficial deposits of the Waterbury and Middlesex Quadrangles of Vermont for the state survey, under UVM professor Stephen Wright.

    Photo Credits: Sean O’Neill

  • Restoration cultures students and Youthbuild program build a wood duck nesting box in UVM’s Carse Natural Area

    Members of the Restoration Cultures class worked with the YouthBuild program to build and install a wood duck nesting box in UVM’s Carse Natural Area. Photo credit: Gabi Marchesani

Exploring space and place.

It is not unusual for geographers to be asked what it is they "do." In response, geographers often say that we study the "why of where." This is a shorthand way of saying that geographical curiosity is grounded by an enduring interest in the patterns of human and natural phenomena, and the interaction of both, as they are manifested in particular locations, environments, and places.

Geography students on a field trip

Engaged in the Field

The Department of Geography and Geosciences offers a multitude of opportunities for students, from pursuing internships off-campus to working one-on-one with faculty on research projects. UVM Geography and Geosciences prepares you for life after graduation with exciting hands-on field experiences in both physical and human geography disciplines, and many undergraduate research and internship opportunities.

Geography faculty member meets with students

World-Class Faculty

The Geography and Geosciences faculty include experts in the fields of physical geography (geomorphology, hydrology, climatology), human geography (urban and rural geography, environment-society relations, spatial justice, political ecology), and methods of analysis including Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Qualitative Research Methods. Our faculty are dedicated to working one-on-one with undergraduates, and teach all their own classes in addition to conducting groundbreaking faculty research.

UVM Geography Spring Travel Course to Ecuador

Exciting Opportunities

*Glass Summer Internship 2023 Award* Due: March 23, 2023 Apply here (CAS Internships)*

More geographers than ever before are employed in exciting jobs that combine analytical skills with revolutionary technology like satellite images, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in laboratories, offices, and the field. Because of its interdisciplinary and hands-on approach, a degree in geography prepares you for a myriad of career paths, from environmental consulting to international development work and beyond.