The Geography Department focuses on the features and formation of the earth’s surface. Thus, geography is, at least in a sense, a specialization within Geology. Nevertheless, the Geography Department maintains its independence and offers a more in-depth study of the earth’s surface. Each fall geography students are encouraged to participate in a week-long field experience co-sponsored by the Geology Department. In the spring, several full-day field excursions specific to the study of geography are available.