Nature of Program
The geography provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze the variation in human activity that exists among places, regions, and countries. This knowledge allows geographers, for example, to explain why some places are more or less developed than others, to suggest ways in which development can be planned, and to examine the relationship between the natural environment and human activities.
Geography majors receive specialized training in one of the program’s three options: geographic information science (GISc), globalization and development, and natural resources and environment. An individualized program of study is also available combining elements of the three options.
Geography is forecast to have the strongest growth among all STEM disciplines. (Bureau of Labor Statistics Dec 2014) graduates are qualified for a number of careers in both the private and public sectors. In industry, geographers are hired as geographic information system analysts, business location researchers, environmental impact consultants, market analysts, and cartographers. In government, geographers can work as local urban planners, regional and state economic development specialists, environmental and resource development analysts, land-use planners, international development agency advisors, teachers and trainers, researchers, cartographers, as well as geographic information system analysts. Some graduates may also use their training to pursue careers as environmental or community activists in non-profit organizations. Finally, many geography students go on to graduate school to obtain further training, most commonly in geography or planning, but also in fields as diverse as law, information science, and environmental studies.