The Department of Geography believes that geographic literacy is essential for the lifelong development and professional service of all the university’s students, not merely those majoring or minoring in the discipline.  We aim to provide a learning environment in which students will have structured opportunities to develop expertise in geography and to also achieve the institutional Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.

Geographic study at WOU focuses on the following learning outcomes for students:

  1. Explain important elements of geographic thought and practice.
  2. Interpret the interrelationships between people, space and place.
  3. Analyze human-environment relations.

For more information, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Mike McGlade, 503-838-8381,

Faculty: Shaun Huston (, Sriram Khe (, and Mark Van Steeter (



  • GEOG 105, 106 Introductory Geography (8)
  • GEOG 413 Urban Geography (4)
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy (4)

Choose one (4)

  • ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I (4)
  • GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation (4)

Choose one (4)

  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography

Upper-division elective in geography (4)

GEOG 409 Practicum, or any upper-division geography course.





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