Geography is a practical discipline which studies the distribution and movement of people, things and ideas across the complex surface of Earth. It offers great intellectual breadth by way of integrating knowledge from many disciplines in the social and natural sciences. At the same time, it focuses sharply on the spatial dimension, leaving geographers best suited to answer complex questions such as why things are where they are, where they are likely to be in the future, and where they might best be located. These skills are applied at any scale to any issue where space and location play a role. For example, one might determine where to best locate a business or how to predict or manage the trade. One might study neighborhood dynamics in a chang­ing economy or plan for urban growth and change. One might study natural hazards, resource use and distribution, or climate change; or perhaps migration, suburbanization, tourism. When location is relevant, geography plays a pivotal role.


Geography is the study of space and location; it is a practical discipline which incorporates knowledge from the natural and social sciences to address problems of a spatial dimension. Geographers describe spatial patterns – where things are, where they are not, and why they are distributed that way. They determine optimal locations – for example, where a business should be or where to purchase a home. They also study interactions, such as travel patterns, trade, and migration.

Many geographers use Geographic Information Systems: computer software that merges maps, data, and analysis. The Department’s GIS Certificate Program can be incorporated into their major as electives or may be taken for the Certificate alone, outside of the degree program. A minor in Geographic Information Science, which results in a Certificate as well, is also available.

In addition to the required courses in geography, students may choose to specialize in urban and social geography or geospatial techniques. The first option focuses on the study of metropolitan areas and the socio-spatial patterns that characterize them. Students are introduced to principles of urban planning and urban design and the dynamics of urbanization. The latter option includes instruction in field methods, computer-assisted mapping, statistics, geographic information science, and interpretation of aerial photos and satellite images.


Potential Career Options

  • Cartographer
  • City Planner
  • Community Developer
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Extension Officer
  • GIS Programmer/Analyst
  • GIS Database Manager
  • Industrial Planner
  • International Business Representative
  • Journalist/Correspondent
  • Land Developer
  • Land-Use Analyst
  • Location Analyst
  • Map Curator/Librarian
  • Park Ranger
  • Site Manager
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher K-12
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Travel Agent/Specialist
  • Urban Regional Planner

Learning Requirements

Required Courses
GES-104 World Geography 3
GES-205 Physical Geography 3
GES-250 Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES 3
GES-372 G.I.S. Across Disciplines
or GES-391 Geographic Information Systems I
3
Select one of the following: 3
GES-314 Political Geography
GES-315 Economic Geography
GES-337 Cultural Geography
GES-362 Population Geography
GES-365 Urban Geography
Select one Regional Geography from the GES-302 series 3
Select one Field Course (see departmental notes) 3
Electives 15
Total Hours 36
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated October 17, 2018
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