Geography Degree Programs

Geography degree programs will teach you about different regions, maps, and land and water environments. Continue reading for more information about geography degree programs and your career options after graduation. Schools offering Culture & Media Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Geography Degree Programs?

Geography deals with the physical characteristics of a region (physical geography), such as land forms and bodies of water, and on the way in which a region's physical characteristics impact the activities of humans (cultural geography), including socialization and economics.

Geography programs can be found at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree levels. While some schools offer degrees in geography, others offer degrees in liberal studies with a concentration in geography. There are also degree programs or specializations that are related to geography, including ecology, geology and environmental science. Both on-campus and distance learning formats can be found.

Program Options Associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctoral degree
Common Courses Human geography, cartography, sedimentology, landscape restoration, social geography
Possible Employers Research and development organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, engineering firms, agricultural companies

What Will I Learn?

Your associate's degree curriculum may include courses in human geography, world regional geography and economic geography. You may also have the opportunity to study related subjects, such as cultural anthropology and international relations.

A bachelor's degree program covers topics such as military geography, natural disasters and urban geography. You'll study different regions of the Earth, including Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Curriculum often includes cartography, map compilation and graphics, geographic information systems, sedimentology, spatial analysis and biogeography.

Advanced education through a graduate studies program is intended to provide specialized training in the geography field. These programs can prepare you for jobs in land management, cartography, remote sensing and other areas. You might find coursework in geographic applications of remote sensing, social geography and qualitative methods. You may also have classes on land environments, water environments and landscape restoration. Doctorate programs often provide focus on research.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

With a degree in geography, you may work for a variety of employers, such as government agencies, educational institutions, research and development organizations, engineering firms, agricultural companies and consulting groups.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most positions as a geographer require a master's degree or Ph.D., and most geographers work as either cultural or physical geographers. Geographers often work either in academia or for the federal government, although they also work for private companies and non-profit organizations. The BLS reported that the employment rate for geographers was projected to decline 2% during the decade of 2014-2024, and that the annual median salary for geographers was $76,420 in 2014 (www.bls.gov).

With a master's degree in geography, you could become an urban or regional planner with a governmental agency. BLS statistics showed urban and regional planners making a median salary of $66,940 in 2014. With a bachelor's degree in geography, you could become a surveyor or cartographer. According to the BLS, the median salary for surveyors in 2014 was $57,050, while that of cartographers was $60,930.

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