You want to understand the world. Why not start with a river, a city, a mountain or a road? Geography asks the big questions — How? Why? What if? — and lets you answer them with advanced technology and a solid knowledge of the world in which you live.

SUNY Oneonta’s geography program has three tracks: General Geography, Geographic Information Systems, and Urban and Regional Planning. Our mission is to give students a well-rounded perspective of geographic knowledge and skills that will prepare them to interpret social, physical and environmental influences at local, regional and global scales. We enable our students to become globally capable and environmentally aware. Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for career opportunities in areas such as environmental management, education, disaster response, city and county planning, community development, and many more.

Outside the classroom, you'll have many opportunities to do service learning activities, independent research projects and internships. Faculty-led field courses provide hands-on learning and in-depth study of cultures and environments; recent trips have ranged from a tour of Spain, Italy and France to a wetlands restoration project in the Mississippi River Delta.

Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability 
317 Milne Library

Rebecca Rogers
"I studied abroad in Ireland, which was absolutely one of the coolest, best experiences I’ve ever had. I met lifetime friends and found out more about myself in those six months than I think I ever have."