The Geography program focuses on our interdependent world and our fragile habitat. The major nourishes a sense of responsibility and provides tools for the solution of environmental, regional, and international problems. The teaching and research being undertaken by our faculty critically explores biophysical changes (global and local) shaping the planet; the prospects and challenges of fostering sustainability; the nature and implications of geopolitical, economic, and cultural shifts in different parts of the world; and the nature, use, and understanding of maps and geospatial technologies.

The program offers educational pathways for students who are interested in learning about our amazing world and engaging in careers that are dedicated to solving human, physical, and environmental problems and designing solutions for a interdependent world comprised of more than 7 billion people, speaking more than 7,000 languages, and inhabiting more than 190 countries. Students have the opportunity to focus on one of the major areas of study, or tracks, within the department, and to master methods and techniques which can provide the foundation for a successful career.

The programs within our department are a match for highly motivated and creative students who desire challenging and meaningful careers that contribute to solving complex local, regional, global and environmental problems. With training in physical geography, human geography, human-environment interactions, and geographic information science, our programs prepare students for employment in a wide range of sectors, including public and private sectors, education, commerce, industry, government, transportation, and tourism. Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills in problem solving, information-gathering and communication, thinking, planning and organization, teamwork and management, and many IT skills, which attract employers from any array of sectors.

Change your world

  • Examine human interaction with patterns and processes of the earth.
  • Learn the importance of relative location of places and events, the character of regions, and relations between culture and environment.
  • Explore physical, human, cultural and technologic issues.
  • Choose among a wide range of careers in business, government, planning, and teaching. Private companies need geographers for efficient site selection of stores and factories. Geographers work for federal and state agencies, county and city planning departments, and private planning firms.

Undergraduate Program

  • Develop an awareness of the natural and cultural landscapes of several regions of the world and investigate the processes that form them. Lower- division courses are open to any student at the university, with few prerequisites. For students transferring to the university in their third year, preparation in introductory college geography course is desirable.
  • Study in a broadly based general degree program or one that emphasizes environmental studies. Both degrees may be fine-tuned toward prospective teachers.
  • Specialize in GIS, Physical Geography, Human Geography, Regional Geography, and Secondary Education. Concentration Programs in Geotourism, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, Cartography and Remote Sensing.
  • Evolve relationships among people, places and the environment.
  • Investigate worldwide, regional and local sustainable development.
  • Apply knowledge to a variety of settings, including urban planning, historic preservation, land use, crime analysis, public health, environmental management and other specialist areas.
  • Choose among applied such as Environmental Analysis, GIS, Historic Preservation, Geotourism, Cartography and Remote Sensing.

Graduate Program

The Master of Science program continues further application of knowledge of Geography through GIS, Historic Preservation, Urban and Regional Planning, Geo-Tourism, Heritage Interpretation and Administration and other aspects of environmental studies.

Career Possibilities

Studying geography may lead you into:

  • Travel and tourism
  • Environmentalism
  • Planning and development
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Business
  • Teaching