Online Bachelor of Science in Geography
In the bachelor of science in geography program, you'll explore the connections between human settlement and the features of Earth’s surface. As a geography major, you’ll examine the spatial patterns of the world while learning about the people who inhabit it. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in urban planning, consulting, research and more.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What will I learn as a geography major?
As a geography major, you'll examine spacial patterns in natural science features, along with social and environmental science dynamics. Notable topics include:
- Climate zones.
- Earth's landforms.
- Economic patterns.
- Human populations.
- Plant life.
- Weather patterns.
What can I do with an online geography degree?
A degree in geography enables you to pursue a range of careers relating to restoration, research, activism, management and more. With a focus on geospatial techniques, many graduates go on to pursue career paths as geomorphologists or water resource specialists. Choosing to focus some coursework on geographic information science can also help open the door to careers in graphic information systems and remote sensing 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 Bachelor of Science program favor roles in research, analysis and technology.
Whereas, the Bachelor of Arts in geography looks at the field of geography through a more holistic lens. Rather than focusing on the more investigative aspect of geography, students primarily study the relationship between people and their environment. Career paths for graduates of the Bachelor of Arts program favor teaching, community development, and planning roles.
Online geography degree courses
As a geography degree major, you’ll take courses related to social science, mathematical reasoning and spatial analysis. You'll also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives that focus on different geographic specialties, such as geospatial techniques or geographic information systems. This program concludes with a cumulative capstone project, in which you'll conduct research on a topic of your choice. Courses include:
GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)
GPH 112: Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (SQ)
GCU 102: Introduction to Human Geography (SB & G)
GPH 111: Introduction to Physical Geography (SQ)
GCU 496: Geographic Research Methods (L)
GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning
Potential career paths for geography majors
Online geography degree graduates are prepared for geography careers focused on research, analysis and technology. Potential career paths for geography majors include, but are not limited to:
Online geography degree admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student 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).
Earn your degree in geography 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.