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:

  • Geography
  • Geography: Climate Science
  • Geography: Environmental Analysis and Resource Management
  • Geography: Geographic Information Science
  • Geography: Urban, Regional, and Environmental Planning
  • 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.


Students may decide to pursue the following graduate programs: