Online Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of human cultural traditions around the world? In the Bachelor of Arts in Geography program, you'll learn how people interact with the environment through cutting-edge techniques, preparing you to address some of the world's most pressing challenges. Graduates of this bachelor's in geography program pursue a wide range of career paths, including private firms, nonprofit organizations, state, local and federal government agencies and more.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What are the benefits of studying geography?

Studying geography gives you a unique perspective of the modern world on both a local and global scale. Emphasizing humanistic and cultural traditions, you'll gain a new understanding of the world and how the field of geography plays an integral role in several other disciplines. Not only does studying geography go in-depth on the cultural traditions in specific regions, but it also helps provide new context on topics, such as politics, economics and human-environment interaction.

What will I learn in this online geography degree?

This bachelor's in geography teaches you to see the world through the twin lenses of space and place. In this geography degree, you'll have the opportunity to explore the interconnected worlds of physical science, cultural studies, geographic information systems and urban planning. You'll also expand your knowledge on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Geographic information science and technology.
  • Population and migration.
  • Urban and regional geography.

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in geography?

A bachelor’s in geography can lead to career paths in a variety of fields. Many graduates go on to find jobs in community development, urban planning and foreign service. A bachelor's degree in geography also teaches you to think spatially, giving graduates an edge in fields relating to climate change and GIScience.

This bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:

Will my geography degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Geography courses

Bachelor's in geography courses cover a variety of topics in research, geographic information systems, physical sciences and human civilization. In addition to core courses, you'll complete electives and a hands-on capstone project, allowing you to focus on topics most important to you. Geography degree courses include:


GCU 121: World Geography (GCSI OR SB & G)


GPH 111: Introduction to Physical Geography (SCIT OR SQ)


GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (QTRS OR CS)


GPH 112: Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (SCIT OR SQ)


GCU 496: Geographic Research Methods (L)


What careers can you get with a degree in geography?

A bachelor's in geography gives you the edge you need when applying for jobs following graduation, preparing you for success in careers related to community development, foreign service, intelligence analysis, international trade, urban or regional planning and more.

While this geography degree does not prepare students for careers in meteorology, it does help set you apart from other applicants when applying for similar positions. Potential career paths include, but are not limited to:

Cartographer (Map Maker)


Growth: 5.0 %
Salary: $71,890

Education Professor


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $66,930

Geodetic Surveyor


Growth: 4.6 %
Salary: $63,080

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)


Growth: 1.1 %
Salary: $88,900

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)


Growth: 9.7 %
Salary: $98,740

Human Behavior Researcher


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $50,470

Land Surveyor


Growth: 4.6 %
Salary: $63,080

Park Ranger


Growth: 4.1 %
Salary: $64,460

Survey Technician


Growth: 3.3 %
Salary: $47,180

Learn from leading educators and researchers

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders and innovators within the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. Our faculty includes:

  • Academia Europea Member.
  • American Association of Geographers Fellows.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Members.

Learn from leading educators and researchers

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders and innovators within the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. Our faculty includes:

  • Academia Europea Member.
  • American Association of Geographers Fellows.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Members.

Requirements for the bachelor of arts in geography

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Earn your online geography degree from a first-class institution

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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