Climate Change & Landscape Dynamics Emphasis, Geography (BA/BS)
This emphasis focuses on the Earth system, its processes, and the impacts of these processes on the environment. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in one or more of the following areas: climate, biogeography, geomorphology, and hydrology/cryogeography. Recent and future changes in the Earth's climate represent one of the greatest challenges for modern society, and courses in this emphasis cover the climate system, climate change, and impacts of climate change on the environment and society. Courses on biogeography provide expertise on the global patterns of life, and geomorphology allows students to gain an understanding of the processes that shape the landscapes that surround us. Water is a regionally and globally important resource, and the cryosphere represents the environments that are most vulnerable to climate change.