Our faculty members are committed to teaching and mentoring in a collaborative environment. We provide personalized tutelage and encourage students to work closely with faculty.
Geography is primarily concerned with the location and arrangement in space of human and natural phenomena, and with the interrelationships between people and their environments. Geographers have an intense curiosity about the world. They ask questions and investigate the "why" and "where" of various social, economic and environmental phenomena. They contribute to the development of public policy and influence the way society views itself and the world. Geography touches almost every aspect of our lives. Geographers are interested in such topics as the location of industry and business, urban growth and development, regional planning and policy, physical and ecological environments, interactions of people and places over space and time, and the diffusion of information and innovation.
Stories of world hunger, environmental quality, hazardous-waste disposal, crime, urban housing, water management, transportation problems are found in the news each and every day. Many employers have begun to realize that education and training in Geography offers a comprehensive background for real-world problem solving. Geography is a scientific field that uses large amounts of data to understand spatial relationships and how they affect social and environmental issues. Geographers are equipped with skills - quantitative methods, field techniques, computer technology, data handling and analysis, cartographic display and production, and written and verbal communication skills - to address the spatial and temporal dimensions of these problems. Geographers use the physical sciences, social sciences, computational sciences, and humanities to analyze and characterize both human and physical phenomena.
Our faculty and students come from all over the globe. We teach regularly in our Singapore program. We have an international focus in our research. And UB is an excellent place for the international student to feel at home.
These instructional specializations have been tailored to capture growth segments within the discipline, as well as to maximize employment opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Students may choose and are encouraged to pursue a general geography degree program that allows them to design a personalized program of study.