Physical Environment

Waupaca River

Physical geography is concerned with understanding the forces that shape the physical environment upon which humans depend. A knowledge of physical geography can aid students in understanding present environmental stresses as well as prepare them for a career in one of several environment-related occupations.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree often find employment in private firms or in local, state, and federal agencies. Types of jobs available include environmental research coordinator, soil technician, water resource planner, hydrologist, research meteorologist, natural resource planner, land management specialist, and climatologist.