The Undergraduate Geography Experience at University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Student Perspective

Authors: Jacob Bostick*, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: University of Colorado Colorado Springs, UCCS, geographic education, undergraduate
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is home to about 10,500 undergraduate students. The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has 14 full-time faculty and multiple lecturers. Along with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES), UCCS offers minors in Geography and Environmental Studies, Geology, Sustainable Development, and a certificate in Geography Information Science. Currently, 192 students have declared Geography and Environmental Studies as their major. Although I am not a geography student (I am a Data Analytics and Systems Engineering (DASE) major), I have encountered the department’s programming, clubs, and worked with GES students in a variety of co-curricular programs. I attend the Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT) talks, serve on the Green Action Fund (GAF), and am a part of the Geology Club. In this paper, I explore how these co-curricular programs have made an impact on the campus culture and on non-geography majors. I am interested to see how other institutions conduct their own outreach and how those programs have shaped their campus cultures.

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