Geography Major

Geography, a science concerned with the spatial dimensions of human societies and earth's environment, is increasingly critical to understanding the complexities of global change. Geographers contribute unique insights about past, present and future issues involving natural resources, culture, economics and politics. Geography is especially appealing to those having interests in travel, learning about other peoples and cultures, and understanding the environment from a systems perspective. Students can pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree and may specialize in one of many major tracks, including climate and weather, cultural/human geography, geographic information systems, historical geography of the Great Plains, natural resources, physical geography, pre-community and regional planning, regional studies, or remote sensing.

Geography majors develop a special understanding of the spatial dimensions of social, cultural, environmental and ecological issues. Students also learn how to use state-of-the-art technologies such as computer cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Internships are often available for students, especially for those having good technical skills. Undergraduates earn both credit and work experience and in many cases internships have developed into careers. We encourage prospective majors to visit with the program's undergraduate advisor or other Geography faculty who can guide you in planning your degree and in identifying employment opportunities.