We offer studies in the geographic, environmental and geospatial disciplines that have unquestionable relevance for our Army and nation. The overarching theme is to better understand the world in which we live. We offer a diverse group of majors and honors programs, which prepare cadets for service in the Army and encourage a lifetime of intellectual growth. These include:
Human Geography: the spatial study of people, their activities, and the places they inhabit.
Environmental Geography: the study of the interactions between people and the natural environment.
Environmental Science: a broad, integrative science-based study of how humans affect the planet with the goal of creating a sustainable future for all.
Environmental Engineering: the application of science and engineering principles to minimize the adverse effects of human activities on the environment and to protect human health by providing clean air and clean water.
Geospatial Information Science: the integration and analysis of satellite, GPS, and map intelligence information.
Our majors and honors programs will prepare cadets for lifelong professions that are personally rewarding and important to our nation. Despite the continual changes in our Army and throughout the world, there are several constants that continue to serve as guideposts for our profession:
Understanding weather and terrain will always be among the keys to victory in battle and success during other military operations.
Understanding other people is necessary to preserve peace.
Understanding our Earth is critical for our future health and well-being.
These imperatives describe what we in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering offer to cadets, first in our core course in physical geography and continuing with our exciting majors, honors programs, and environmental engineering sequence. In some respects, our mission is the same as every academic department at West Point: to prepare cadets for a career in the Army and a lifetime of service to the nation. Each academic course has the objective of developing self-learners, problem solvers, and critical thinkers; all of which are attributes critical for success as a leader in the Army.
Department Course Catalogs
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Class of 2016