College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Geography Program

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Professor speaking to stutdentsThe Geography degree program is designed to provide an understanding of humankind’s cultural and physical environments by examining the dynamic systems (both natural and human) through which these diverse settings are changed or sustained. Students majoring or minoring in Geography analyze social and environmental change as they affect local areas and regions and compare solutions which have been attempted in various parts of the world. Attention is given to the relationships between population use of resources and environmental and social impacts in rural and urban settings.

Majors may choose any of three options: the traditional Geography Option, which blends physical, cultural and regional geography courses with field work; the Environmental Geography Option, which equips graduates for careers as environmental analysts, managers and policy makers, and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option, which prepares students for careers in the rapidly expanding field of spatial data systems for land use management, local government and environmental protection. The GIS option emphasizes technical skills such as air photo interpretation, computer cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) software and techniques. Students completing this program receive a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Training in this major provides a broad and suitable background for careers requiring an understanding of peoples, groups, and their cultural and regional institutions. Careers specifically related to this program include government employment in various capacities, secondary school teaching, and positions in international or multicultural capacities in business and management. Preparation for graduate training in this discipline is also offered to majors.