Department of Geography and Environment (GEN) offers undergraduate degree programs in the field of geography. All courses in the department are designed to meet the requirements of modern education with high standards. The department provides history and geography students with the knowledge and skills they need to become highly qualified specialists. GEN also delivers courses for the multi-disciplinary department in economics, management, civil engineering, and petroleum engineering.
After graduation, history and geography students often work in Azerbaijani secondary schools. The Azerbaijani educational system needs highly qualified teachers, and therefore GEN tailors its curricula toward this need. With this emphasis, GEN has cultivated relationships with leading universities around the world.
Modern geography is an all-encompassing discipline that foremost seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities. That is why the newly developed curriculum reflects the changing scenery of these problems and approaches to solving them.
Recently, various government, non-government and private organizations in Azerbaijan have begun seeking highly qualified geographers. Recent rapid economic development in Azerbaijan has caused a shortage of highly qualified specialists including geographers. Upon graduation, Geography alumni may be employed not only as school teachers but also by various government and private institutions working as hydrologists, water managers, GIS specialists, meteorologists, and remote sensing specialists. In order words, the curriculum of the department is sharply focused on employability.