What is geography and geographic information systems?

Geography is the study of the physical and cultural characteristics of the Earth and its inhabitants. Geographic information systems uses computer programs to measure, analyze and display the geographic data.

Who takes geography and geographic information systems classes?

Some students take our geography classes because they satisfy general education requirements, others because they satisfy their intellectual curiosity. These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in geography or geographic information systems!

What do geographers do?

Pursuing a degree in geography leads to lots of job options! Many geographers work for the federal government. Others work in related fields, such as environmental sciences, urban planning, and real estate.  Some positions require advanced degrees, but others (such as surveyors) do not.

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for geographers is highly dependent on area of specialization. The strongest job outlook is for cartographers, projected to grow 29% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for geographers was $74,260 in May 2016.

For more information about chemistry-related careers, visit the American Association of Geographers' Careers website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
  • Communicate an understanding of the connections between science and other human activities.
  • Examine the universe in a variety of courses.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in a variety of scientific applications.

Related Majors/Degrees/Certificates


Any questions?

Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.