Geography (BS)

What is A Geography (BS) Degree?

The study of Geography looks at the features of the earth’s surface like mountains, countries, rivers and oceans, natural resources–pretty much everything that sets one area apart from another area.  But Geography also includes looking at people in each of the separate areas, sort of adding a social aspect to the field.  Basically there are two main areas:  Physical Geography for things like climate and the shifting terrains, and Human Geography for the behavior of people when they interact with the physical aspects of the world.

Some Geographers work in government departments testing soil, drawing maps, and developing policies and standards related to cities. Town planners may also be used in some areas.  A geographer might survey land for a private real estate developer.  To earn a BS degree in Geography you’ll take courses in subjects like physical geography, human geography, quantitative analysis, maps and graphs, aerial interpretation, climatology, and extreme weather.  You’ll have lab work and various field placements.

The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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