Geography, BS

Develop your understanding of climate, landforms and biogeography. Learn about the world around you, from the sky to the bottom of the ocean, and how humans impact landscapes across various geographic regions.

Program Description

Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the world, from global to local, through the twin lenses of space and place.

Students in the BS program in geography learn about natural features of the world, including landforms, plants, water and weather, as well as the impact humans have on the world. This degree program also emphasizes social science or environmental science dynamics involving economic patterns, human populations and transportation.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • 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:

Urban and Environmental Planning, MUEP

Want to make an impact? Prepare to enter the workforce, become a leader in the planning profession, and impact your community. Through small classes and real-world projects, this two-year professional degree program equips you to solve complex issues in diverse communities.

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Geography, MA

Come discover geographical sciences at ASU. This program offers a unique learning environment that places your focus on location --- the heart of geography, urban planning, climatology and geographic information science. With that foundation, you can tackle some of the most pressing environmental and societal challenges facing our world today.

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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

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 also 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:

Cartographer (Map Maker)

  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $71,890

Climate Change Analyst

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $76,480

Conservation Officer

  • Growth: -8.7%
  • Median Salary*: $32,270

Environmental Compliance Inspector

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $71,690

Environmental Restoration Planner

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $76,480

Fish and Game Warden

  • Growth: -6.3%
  • Median Salary*: $59,500

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)

  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $88,900

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: $98,740
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $144,440

Survey Technician

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: $47,180

* 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.

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