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Planning for Sustainable Communities (PSC): Have you been working toward this concentration? Now is the time to declare! Deadline is August 21st
Interested in Environmental History?: Check out Professor Watt's research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab (RMBL)
study session Welcome New & Returning SSU GEP Students!: Whether you are a first time freshman, transfer student, or returning college student we welcome you and encourage you to reach out with any questions (
graduate Congratulations GEP Graduates!!: We are so proud of the resilient class of 2020! Visit the Commencement home page for a virtual tribute and for updates about an in person ceremony!
COVID-19 Emergency: Temporary Remote GEP Dept. Office: Please contact Kimberly Kaido-Alvarez ( with any questions or concerns
Aurora and the Tree Centenarian+ Tree : Find out more about Aurora Alexander's project for the Environ. Discovery Center at Spring Lake!
Interested in Energy, Management, and Design?: enlightenedFind out more about our BS Degree!

Welcome to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning (GEP). We prepare students for careers in environmental professions, for graduate studies, and for their role as informed and thoughtful global citizens. We offer degrees in Geography and Environment (BA) and Environmental Studies (BS) with emphasis on:

  • Understanding human-environment conflict and collaboration
  • Building resilience with environmental systems
  • The application of geospatial and quantitative analyses to solve complex environmental and societal problems
  • Designing resource-resilient and socially just communities
  • Planning urban spaces for sustainability