Western Michigan University pursues academic excellence through innovative approaches to learning, discovery and service. 


Geography provides understanding of the physical and socio-cultural systems of planet earth and prepares you for a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors. The Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism offers the following majors:

  • Climatology
  • Community and regional planning
  • Geography (with concentrations in economic and regional development, environmental analysis and resource management, and Geographic Information Science)
  • Teaching of geography: secondary education
  • Tourism and travel


Careers in these majors include:

  • Convention and visitor bureau director
  • Environmental, transportation or rural planner, or analyst
  • Event or travel planner
  • GIS analyst or project manager
  • Historic preservation officer or economic development specialist
  • International tourism consultant
  • Resource, marketing, logistical, location or site analyst

Beyond the classroom

Students in this program are encouraged to pursue a study abroad experience, a guided independent study or participate in a professional internship. Our faculty carry out research in multiple areas. For more detailed information about our faculty's current research interests, contact them directly.

Graduate programs

Students may decide to pursue the following graduate programs: