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.
Required Courses (Major Map)
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At a Glance: program details
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu 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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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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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
- Growth: 4.8%
- Median Salary*: $144,440
- 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).
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. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
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.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.