The Department of Geography offers exciting opportunities to explore Earth and its landscapes in the field, classroom, and laboratory. Students work with faculty to understand the physical, biological, chemical, cultural, economic, political and social processes responsible for determining and changing the character of the Earth’s surface.
Graduates of the program become leaders in academia, business and industries oriented toward natural resources, spatial analysis, and geographic data. Graduates can also become involved in private research, development companies, education, and in government agencies.
Employment opportunities for geographers are expected to expand by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, well beyond the national average. The diverse nature of a geography degree has opened employment opportunities for geographers in both public and private capacities and contributes to the degree’s continued marketability. (See U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for salary information at www.bls.gov.)