Our mission is to develop and promote the academic and personal success of students in a confidential, supportive, and professional environment. We strive to empower students to actively engage in their academic career through a comprehensive set of advising services and programs and graduate lifelong learners as they design for the future.

Geography majors are advised by a professional, primary advisor for the Department. In addition to technical and Arts and Sciences core advising, the primary advisor is available to: 

  • work with students to assist in planning their academic career; 
  • discuss potential study abroad programs;
  • refer students to campus resources for academic and personal assistance;
  • determine if transfer credits can be applied toward geography major requirements;
  • determine if an upper division human geography course should be taken in place of one of the lower division requirements;
  • determine how to take courses on a P/F basis. 
  • Provide information on course offerings prior to schedule publications;
  • provide recommendations and alert students to available positions in and outside the department. 


Group photo of advising teamGeography Advising Team: Elizabeth Pike (right), Shawn Arnold (front), Nathan Jones (left), Dylan West (back)
Students are encouraged to meet with the primary advisor at least once each semester. Additionally, faculty members are available to mentor students throughout their academic career in the Geography Department.