What is Human Geography?

Human geography, a social science, focuses on the cultural, economic and political processes that create and reproduce the built environments and social worlds in which we live, and how these geographies are integral to identity.


What is Physical Geography?

Physical geography, a natural science, is the study of the natural processes that interact to create the biophysical environments we depend upon, how these processes affect human society, and how human activities alter them.

Facilities & Resources

Geography students have access to lab and field facilities, including computerized geographic information systems laboratory facilities, an environmental science laboratory, and a nearby 45-acre nature site. Central Pennsylvania offers some of the finest field sites in the East - small towns, forests, strip mines, rivers and wetlands.

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What is Environmental Geography?

Environmental Geography, which lies at the intersection of the physical and human worlds, includes topics such as resources, hazards and human impacts on the environment.


At Bucknell, we have equipment to make some amazing maps, from standard transits, plane table and alidade, to Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

The Bucknell Arboretum

A biodiversity survey conducted by the Landscape Assessment Team has grown into a project by professors Duane Griffin and Mark Spiro to establish an arboretum on the Bucknell campus.

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Immigration, fashion, prisons, climate change, poverty, discrimination, disease, war, peace – anything that happens on Earth is fair game for geographers.

Geography is about the world and our place in it. It is not just about where things are, but why space matters. What unites geographers is an explicit focus on space and how it affects the ways that people and environments interact.

Students who major in geography develop an understanding of the discipline as both a social and a natural science. Our students develop a fuller understanding of our world through critical thinking, problem solving, writing, mapping, public speaking, information literacy and teamwork.

Geography graduates are prepared for careers or graduate study in the environmental and resource fields, international affairs, urban and regional planning, government, business and marketing, journalism, law, healthcare, public service, teaching and a host of other fields.

Did You Know?

Students can focus on human, physical or environmental geography or choose a combination of courses.

Our geography program encourages in-depth, interdisciplinary and critical views of how people's activities in political, economic, social and cultural dimensions create environments and are influenced by them.

Close ties with other departments and programs allow students to pursue complementary studies in such fields as economics, political science, sociology, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies and international relations. Many geography students choose to double major.

Faculty Spotlight

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Ben Marsh


Ben Marsh

What are the sets of events that created this? What are the impacts and implications for the people who live there? And how do we make the world better for people based on this knowledge? For me, that's what geography does.

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Karen Morin


Karen Morin

For me, a truly successful class is one in which the professor and the students have developed between them a rich and complicated dialogue about the subject under debate.

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Hands-on Experience


Undergraduate Research

Beginning in their first year, geography students frequently work with faculty on special research projects, which help them develop their analytical and research skills.



Geography students have opportunities for internships with local planning offices, the Soil Conservation Service and other agencies. Students often obtain summer internships through Bucknell's McKenna Environmental Internship Program or in planning and environmental agencies nationwide.

Geography News


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