The geography department, which has been housed within the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (newly named the School of Natural Resources and Extension) for 15 years, will move to the College of Natural Science and Mathematics July 1. Geography will become part of the Geology and Geophysics Department.
UAF offers a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in geography. The program has 30 undergraduate students.
“This is best for the geography program in the long run,” said Department Chair Cary de Wit. “It’s difficult to break formal ties with people I respect and have enjoyed working with. I hope we will continue to work together in various ways.”
Eventually, the geography professors will relocate from O’Neill Building to the Reichardt Building, but the move could take a while. “We are working toward a smooth transition for the students,” de Wit said.
SNRE Interim Dean Stephen Sparrow said, “We hate to see our geography colleagues leave but we wish them the best.”