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Department of Geography and Environmental Studies/GeES

Overview of the program

Geography is a science that deals with the distribution and arrangement of all elements of the earth's surface or literally it is the spatial variation of phenomena on the surface of the earth on one hand and the relationship between them and human being to its environment. The word geography was adopted in the 200s bc by the Greek scholar Eratosthenes which means “earth description.” Currently, Geographic study encompasses the environment of the earth's surface and the relationship of humans to this environment, which includes both physical and cultural geographic features. Physical geographic features include the climate, land, water, plant and animal life. Cultural geographic features include artificial entities, such as nations or people, settlements, economy, transportation, tourism, buildings, and other modifications of the environment.

The Degree Programs in Geography and Environmental Studies in Arsi University in both the undergraduate and the post graduate programs are well established to produce qualified and competent graduates who are responsible professionals that can participate in various endeavors in the society.

Being the nature of the discipline the contribution of this program is for several sectors such as office of environmental conservation and protection, tourism and development, land management & administration, urban planning, population and socioeconomic development, transport network analysis, maping agencies, research institutions, education sectors, governmental & non-governmental organizations, private sectors, and the like in need.

The BA Degree program for first degree students and MA Degree for the Post graduate studies in four different specializations namely 1, MA in GeES specialization in land resource management 2, MA in GeES specialization in population and socioeconomic development 3, MA in GeES specialization in Environmental disaster risk management/EDRM and 4, MA in GeES for preparatory and higher institution teachers all have reviewed curriculum mainly based on the... Seemore

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