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Department of Geography

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    A World of Possibilities

    Studying geography helps you solve big challenges and make your mark on the world.


A degree in geography can take you anywhere in the world. Geographers work across fields in the academic, business, government and nonprofit sectors, and careers range as widely as the areas of study within geography.  

What Will I Learn in a Geography Program?

Geography majors develop a broad range of skills applicable in many industries: 

  • Gather, assess, analyze, interpret and display data
  • Solve mathematical and computational problems
  • Create maps
  • Integrate databases
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand and articulate abstract concepts
  • Think and plan spatially
  • Recognize moral and ethical issues involved in debates
  • Visualize and analyze relationships between places and processes
  • Think multidimensionally and holistically to solve complex problems
  • Apply rhetorical theory to professional practice
  • Understand the composition of Earth and the processes that operate on it 


What Can I Do With a Geography Degree?

Geography graduates work in numerous careers: 

  • Cartographer
  • Community developer
  • Demographer
  • Emergency management specialist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forestry technician
  • Foreign services officer
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst
  • Geographer
  • Geopolitical consultant
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Historic preservationist
  • Housing development specialist
  • International aid/development worker
  • Landscape architect
  • Lobbyist
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Map librarian
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Natural resources manager
  • Outdoor guide
  • Park ranger
  • Photogrammetric compilation specialist
  • Policy researcher
  • Professor
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Tourism officer
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Water resources specialist

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