Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering


Physical Geography

Physical Geography is a great major for anyone interested in environmental issues, the natural landscapes, resource studies, environmental conflict, or global environmental change.
Key Points about an Physical Geo Major:

  • The Major will allow you to look at environmental issues from different perspectives.
  • You have the flexibility to choose an emphasis on the physical landscape or the atmosphere. We emphasize the interaction between humans and their environment.
  • We have an honors sequence for cadets with high GPAs or who want to do their own geographic research.
  • This major prepares you well for careers in organizations that analyze and address environmental issues or problems, as well as businesses, government agencies, or NGOs that work in the field of conservation or natural hazards.
  • Physical Geographers are uniquely positioned to excel in Aviation and Engineering careers.

For complete information, download our information packet:   Physical Geography Information Packet PDF

Complete the 24-course core curriculum

Core Engineering Sequence

Complete any 3-course core engineering sequence


Complete one of the following courses:

  • CY305 Cyber Foundations
  • CY355 Cyber Foundations - Computing
Foundation Courses

Complete the following courses below:

  • EV303 Foundations in Geography
  • EV365 Geography of Global Cultures
  • EV367 Geography Research Methods
  • EV398 Geographic Information Systems
Physical Geography Electives

Complete three of the five courses listed below:

  • EV387 Meteorology
  • EV388a Physical Geology
  • EV388b Geomorphology
  • EV389b Climatology
  • EV391b Natural Hazards and Risk
Geography Tools and Landscape Analysis

Complete one of the three courses listed below:

  • EV377 Remote Sensing
  • EV390b Urban Geography
  • EV391a Principles of Land Use Planning and Management
Geography Electives

Complete one of the courses listed below:

  • EV371 Geography of Russia
  • EV372 Geography of Asia
  • EV373 Geography of Latin America
  • EV375 Geography of Africa
  • EV376 Geography of the Middle East
  • EV379 Photogrammetry
  • EV384 Geography of North America
  • EV386 Geography of Europe
  • EV394 Hydrogeology
  • EV396 Environmental Biologic Systems
  • EV397 Air Pollution Engineering
  • EV471 Ecology
  • EV477 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • EV485 Special Topics in Geography & the Environment
  • EV486 Environment and Development
  • EV489b Advanced Individual Study in Geography
Complementary Support Courses

Select three courses here (link to redbook)

Integrative Experience

Complete the following course:

  • EV482 Military Geography