Students majoring in Geography develop the knowledge and skills to address some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing the world today. By focusing on topics at the intersection of natural and cultural environments, students learn how people influence Earth’s environments, and how places impact people. Through inquiry-based, hands-on learning, Geography majors acquire critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills that prepare them for a wide variety of professional opportunities in the public and private sectors. In addition, the Geography program provides students a deep understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its application to areas as diverse as conservation, public health, transportation, marketing, and public safety.
Geography prepares students for careers in urban and regional planning, outdoor recreation, economic development, and natural resource management. Professional geographers find work as business analysts, market researchers, planners, field scientists and consultants. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified spatial technologies and expertise (geography/GIS) as one of the three primary areas of employment opportunity for the 21st century. Geography students who complete the educator preparation option are eligible for Secondary Social Studies certification. The geography major requires 40 credits of geography courses. One statistics course is recommended.