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


Dakota Bailey
One of my best experiences here was going to New Orleans as part of a Disaster Geographies field course with Dr. Wendy Lascell. We were housed in the Lower 9th ward, a low-income neighborhood still suffering from the damages of Hurricane Katrina. We got to listen to members of the community, research community restoration and look at social justice issues, help with wetland restoration, and experience the famous French Quarter.
Tracy Allen
Faculty and Staff
The thing you can’t miss about Tracy Allen is his passion--for traveling, mentoring, adventure, and the natural world.
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