Geography at EOU

Grande Ronde Valley fault lineGeography is the study of the human use of the earth and of the physical and cultural processes which form landscapes. Geography at EOU leads the student to an understanding of human/environmental relations at global, national, regional and local levels, while providing important academic understanding and practical skills that can lead to careers in such fields as urban and regional planning, environmental management, primary and secondary education, cartography and map reproduction, geographic data systems, tourism and economic development, and international business.

A minor in Geography is available.


To investigate, analyze, and organize information regarding the interaction of humans with their environments and to consider this dynamic relationship in spatial terms.  To consider the physical and human characteristics of places and regions from a theoretical, practical, and perceptual perspective.  To examine the natural physical processes at work within the Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere.  To prepare students to be able to read, interpret, and communicate with maps and new mapping technologies such as Geographic Information Systems.

To provide students with background that supports concepts considered in other courses such as geology, history, agriculture, anthropology, sociology, economics, art and music, writing, and other social and physical sciences.  To provide academic preparation for education students preparing to teach in the K-12 curriculum.  To prepare students to utilize tools of geographic inquiry such as graphs, statistical models and instruments, aerial and satellite imagery, field sampling methods, and research from journals and other sources.

Staircase W05To equip students with communications skills in writing and delivering geographic information to a wide range of audiences using current technology such as Web pages, podcasts, video and audio production, and social media.  To foster within students an aesthetic for a personal sense of place and their responsibility in sustaining their environment.


Upon the successful completion of the minor in geography students will be able to identify and ask questions of a geographic nature and structure a scientific approach to investigate those problems.  Students will be able to communicate the results of those investigations using a variety of media and delivery methods. Our students will be able to explain various natural phenomena associated within the fields of meteorology, climatology, and geomorphology.  They will be able recognize human impacts on the environment, and delineate natural and human landscapes. The EOU geography student will be fully aware of how we interpret our natural environment and our human landscape through the lenses of our perceptions as well as our cultural systems. The student will understand the diverse nature of geography and its cross-disciplinary fit within our university’s academic community.

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