For those students fascinated with the world around them and keenly interested in different
peoples and places, Geography is the field to study! For those who want to learn about the relationships of
people and environments and the environmental challenges facing the world in the decades ahead, Geography is the place to be!
Geography has been defined as the study of the earth as the home of humans. As different geographers have
emphasized different aspects of this definition, the field has come to encompass a great breath of interests including weather
and climate, landforms, mapping, economics, societies, politics, environmental problems, and even the aesthetics of landscapes.
While geography is a very old discipline, going back at least to the classical era, it is on the cutting edge of technology with
its incorporation of computer-oriented geographic information systems and satellite-based remote sensing. Even the ancient art of
cartography or map-making has been revolutionized by computers that have replaced the drafting pen.
The Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina has a national and international reputation as one of the leading
centers for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing instruction, and the undergraduate program offers a number of courses
in computer cartography, geographic information systems, and air photo interpretation/remote sensing.
The Department also has a growing reputation in the areas of physical and environmental geography. With six physical/environmental
geographers on staff, students have ample opportunity to study the earth's physical features and processes, as well as how this
physical environment is modified by human activities.
The undergraduate program also offers courses in political and regional geography including courses on South Carolina, North America,
Latin America, Europe and Africa in addition to systematic areas like economic, urban, historical, and recreation geography.
Contact: Dr. John Kupfer, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Callcott, room 221
(803) 777-6739 firstname.lastname@example.org