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Geography

Geography is the integrative study of places, environmental processes and human activities across the globe. Think about it -- everything happens somewhere! 

The geography program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze the variation in human activity that exists among places, regions and countries. This knowledge allows geographers, for example, to explain why some places are more or less developed than others, to suggest ways in which development can be planned and to examine the relationship between the natural environment and human activities. 

Geography jobs are estimated to increase by 26% between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor StatisticsOur graduates are qualified for careers in both the private and public sectors. In industry, geographers are hired as geographic information system analysts, business location researchers, environmental impact consultants, market analysts and cartographers. In government, geographers can work as local urban planners, regional and state economic development specialists, environmental and resource development analysts, land-use planners, international development agency advisors, teachers and trainers, researchers, cartographers and geographic information system analysts. Some graduates may also use their training to pursue careers as environmental or community activists in nonprofit organizations. Finally, many geography students go on to graduate school to obtain further training, most commonly in geography or planning, but also in fields as diverse as law, information science and environmental studies.

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