Online Bachelor of Science in Geography

Explore the connections between human settlement and the features of Earth’s surface. You’ll examine the spatial patterns of the world while learning about the people who inhabit it. These skills prepare you for careers in urban planning, consulting, research and more.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What do you learn in a geography bachelor of science?

While earning your geography major, you will examine Earth’s landforms, bodies of water, weather patterns, plant life and climate zones. You'll gain an interdisciplinary understanding of human factors such as population trends, economics and transportation systems.

What can you do with a bachelor of science in geography?

You’ll be qualified for careers such as cartographer, hydrology and water resource specialist and environmental impact analyst.

You'll also be prepared for graduate work in areas such as climate science, cultural geography and urban and regional analysis.

What’s the difference between a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts in geography?

The bachelor of science in geography focuses on the technical and environmental aspects of geography. Career paths for graduates of the BS program favor research, analyst and technology roles.

Our bachelor of arts in geography looks at geography through a more holistic lens. Students study the relationship between people and their environment. Career paths for graduates of the BA program favor teaching, community development, and planning roles.

Featured courses for geography majors

You’ll take courses related to social science, mathematical reasoning and spatial analysis. You can choose from electives in a variety of geographic specialties. And you’ll complete a cumulative capstone project.


GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)


GPH 111: Introduction to Physical Geography (SQ)


GCU 102: Introduction to Human Geography (SB & G)


GPH 112: Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (SQ)


GCU 496: Geographic Research Methods (L)


GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning


Potential career paths for geography majors

Graduates with a BS in geography are prepared for geography careers focused on research, analysis, technology and more. Potential career paths include:

Climate Change Analyst


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Environmental Restoration Planner


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $76,860

Geospatial Information Technologists


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $88,510

Hydrogeologist


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $118,970

Hydrologist


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $79,990

Regulatory Affairs Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Soil Scientist


Growth: 8.8 %
Salary: $62,430

Learn from professionals in the sciences

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 professionals in the sciences

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.

Geography admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Earn your BS in geography degree from a leading interdisciplinary college

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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