BA Geography

Our world of landforms is made special by the people who call it home. Learn of humanistic and cultural traditions while delving into the physical aspects of our world, such as landscape dynamics and climate.

Program Description

Combining the physical environment with human interaction, the BA in geography program emphasizes humanistic and cultural traditions.

Students pursuing undergraduate studies in geography typically concentrate on knowledge-building in understanding various cultural phenomena or in studying regions such as: Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America and North America.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Geographers obtain careers in:

  • community development
  • foreign service
  • geodemographic analysis
  • governmental organizations
  • intelligence analysis
  • international trade
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • public sector transportation planning
  • teaching
  • urban and regional planning

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:

Cartographer (Map Maker)

  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: $68,380
  Bright Outlook

Education Professor

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $65,440
  Bright Outlook

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)

  • Growth: -1.2%
  • Median Salary*: $85,430

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)

  • Growth: 5.7%
  • Median Salary*: $92,870
  Bright Outlook

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 5.8%
  • Median Salary*: $49,210
  Bright Outlook

Land Surveyor

  • Growth: 1.6%
  • Median Salary*: $65,590

Park Ranger

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,020
  Bright Outlook

Survey Technician

  • Growth: 0.7%
  • Median Salary*: $46,200

Sustainability Specialist

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Transportation Planner

  • Growth: 0.8%
  • Median Salary*: $87,260
Green Occupation

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

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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