Geography (BS)

Students in the BS program in geography learn to see the world through the twin lenses of space and place.

Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the modern world, global to local. The Bachelor of Science in geography emphasizes spatial patterns in natural science features such as:

  • landforms
  • plants
  • water
  • weather

The degree also emphasizes social science or environmental science dynamics involving:

  • economic patterns
  • human populations
  • transportation

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Career Opportunities

With a focus on geospatial techniques, geographers with a bachelor of science degree go on to careers such as geomorphologists, hydrology and water resource specialists, environmental impact assessment analysts, and business location analysts.  By taking coursework in geographic information science in addition to physical geography coursework, graduates may also build careers in the fields of geographic information systems and remote sensing analysis.

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Students in the BS program in geography learn to see the world through the twin lenses of space and place.

Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the modern world, from global to local. The Bachelor of Science program in geography emphasizes spatial patterns in natural science features such as:

  • landforms
  • plants
  • water
  • weather

The degree program also emphasizes social science or environmental science dynamics involving economic patterns, human populations and transportation.

Degree Offered

Geography (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Transfer
International
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Career Outlook

With a focus on geospatial techniques, geographers with a bachelor of science degree go on to careers such as:

  • computer cartographers
  • environmental impact assessment analysts
  • geographic information science specialists and analysts
  • geomorphologists
  • hydrology and water resource specialists
  • location analysts for businesses
  • photogrammetry specialists
  • remote sensing analysts

Graduates are presented with a host of other geospatial career options in the burgeoning fields of geographic information science, mapping and navigation systems.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary6%$86,260
Business Intelligence Analysts 3.3%$83,410
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 29.3%$60,930
Climate Change Analysts 10.7%$66,250
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Database Architects 3.3%$83,410
Data Warehousing Specialists 3.3%$83,410
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Restoration Planners 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary8.6%$77,470
Geographers-1.6%$76,420
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary7.9%$71,320
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary8.7%$81,780
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 3.3%$83,410
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Hydrologists 6.9%$78,370
Industrial Ecologists 10.7%$66,250
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other5.7%$66,560
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Sociologists-0.7%$72,810
Soil and Plant Scientists 6.7%$59,920
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630
Wind Energy Project Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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