About the Department
Geography was established in 1945 as part of the Department of Social Sciences at Harpur College. Professor Joseph Van Riper was the founder and also served as Chair of the Social Sciences Department of Harpur College. The graduate program and the Department of Geography were established in 1966 when Harpur College became part of the State University of New York at Binghamton. It has since remained a vibrant department with active undergraduate and graduate programs.