Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Discover people, places and landscapes in geography.
We offer a hands-on approach to completing necessary coursework, which allows you to immediately apply classroom learning to ongoing research and fieldwork conducted by the Department of Geography and the Environment.

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Why Earn a Geography Degree?

Coursework focuses on:

  • Earth systems and the environment
  • Geographic information systems, remote sensing, and cartography
  • Urban, economic, health, and social processes

Our faculty members are renowned scientists and scholars who work in the U.S. and also conduct research in Asia, Transcaucasia, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Their cutting-edge research focuses on:

  • Business analysis
  • Coastal Geomorphology
  • Ecosystems
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • International development
  • Land-use change
  • Natural disasters
  • Public health
  • Urban and economic geography
  • Energy governance
  • Historical ecology
  • Zooarchaeology and paleoenvironments
Marketable Skills
  • Solve problems using situational assessments
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Analyze geospatial information and data
  • Teamwork

Geography Degree Highlights

Highly successful faculty with cutting-edge research.
Engaging undergrad and graduate programs.
Active student organizations related to programs.
High investment in students by faculty.
Students employed in a diverse array of internships and careers.

What Can You Do With a Geography Degree?

A degree in Geography can help you:
  1. Prepare for a career in environmental planning, consulting, or management;
  2. Excel in the rapidly expanding field of geospatial technologies; or
  3. Prepare for graduate school in a variety of environmental fields.

Geographers have a wide range of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

  • Agricultural Manager
  • Land Economist
  • Urban Planning
  • Climatology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst
  • Emergency Management (FEMA)
  • Park Ranger (National Park Service, US Forest Service)
  • Ecologist
  • Conservationist
  • Cartography
  • Hydrology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Geomorphology
  • College/University Professorship
  • Zoology


Geography Degree Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Geographic Research (3 hrs)
Introduction to research for entry-level geography majors. Journal articles are examined in detail with reference to exploring research design and implementation. Students also develop an area of research interest, choose a specific topic, and formulate research questions from which hypotheses are developed. Culminates in the development of a research plan and prospectus for a topical research question.
Culture, Environment and Society (3 hrs)
Exploration of the dynamic relations between culture and environment addressing ethnic diversity and conflict, development and underdevelopment, settlement patterns, movement of commodities and people (including refugees), and environmental degradation.
Field Methods and Mapping (3 hrs)
Identification, collection, mapping, and recording of human and environmental data in the field. Involves both classroom and multiple outdoor exercises.
Ecosystems: Structure, Function and Services (3 hrs)
Examines interactions between organisms and the physical environment as an integrated system and the factors that regulate the quantity and flow of materials and energy through ecosystems. Covers the history and use of the ecosystem concept, factors governing the distribution and structure of ecosystems, relationships between ecosystem structure and function, and the influence of natural and human processes on ecosystem dynamics. Discusses current topics and methods in ecosystem science.
Our Energy Futures (3 hrs)
Development of high-energy society; renewable and nonrenewable energy resources; physical and social economies of energy use; geography of energy; energy problems and decisions; dependence of other resources on energy; alternative energy futures.
Earth Science (3 hrs)
Principles and processes of physical geography. Introduction to mapping, weather and climate, soil and vegetation, and landforms of rivers, coasts and deserts.

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