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Geography

Geography (BA)

Program Overview

The Geography Department empowers students to address a number of contemporary problems such as physical resource development, racial/ethnic patterns, urban decay, business geography and pollution. The curriculum help students better understand how natural and human environments become organized geographically by institutional decisions and the consequences of human actions.

Within its BA program, the department offers six tracks: general geography with interdisciplinary focus; computer applications in geography; environmental; urban and regional planning; urban economic/retailing; and race/ethnicity and place: American urban perspectives.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Geography: General

Concentrations/Tracks

  • BA in Geography: Analytical Geography
  • BA in Geography: Computer Applications in Human-Environmental Analysis
  • BA in Geography: Environmental and Resource Management
  • BA in Geography: Geography and Urban Planning
  • BA in Geography: Physical Geography and Environment
  • BA in Geography: Race-Ethnicity and Place: American Urban Perspectives
  • BA in Geography: Urban and Regional Planning
  • BA in Geography: Urban: Economic/Retailing Emphasis

Internships, research opportunities and more

Students can earn internship credits and independent study credits. 

Geography majors with an overall 3.0 GPA and 3.3 GPA in geography can pursue honors in geography. Students must submit a report based on a project in their final year. The project can be based on an original research topic, an extension of an internship or an extension of a previous class project.

Coursework

Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

The geography major provides preparation for graduate work and careers in public and private planning agencies. Geography graduates can apply their knowledge, skills and experience in the private, governmental or nonprofit sectors. Students develop strong visualizations skills, an ability to analyze spatial data, planning and problem-solving skills, as well as applied resource management skills.

Potential careers and career fields include the following:

  • climatologist
  • digital cartographer
  • environmental scientist
  • geospatial analyst 
  • GIS analyst
  • global spatial intelligence analyst
  • historic preservationist
  • information or imagery analyst
  • meteorologist
  • nautical cartographic analyst
  • oceanographer
  • policy consultants
  • satellite imagery scientist
  • systems engineer
  • urban planner
  • water resource specialists
  • wind analyst