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Geography Undergraduate Program

(Discontinued Program)

The Geography degree is no longer admitting students. This information found here is for existing students will be taught the complete curriculum for these degrees. See our  Academic Transformation FAQs for more information. 

WVU’s Geography program cultivates the capacity of our students to become agents of change in their community and globally. The Bachelor of Arts in geography prepares students to tackle our world’s most challenging problems through both coursework and professional development opportunities. Geography majors engage in transdisciplinary study of people, places and the environment. With the guidance of faculty, students gain critical knowledge and skills related to sustainable development, climate change, disaster relief, human migration and social justice. Students learn how to use professional tools, such as geographic information systems and remote sensing, and practice methods of community-engaged research for social action. Our professional field experience course gives students valuable experience in a variety of internships working in city planning, environmental organizations and the West Virginia GIS Technical Center.


Our alumni work within state, federal and international agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporate enterprises. Examples of the kinds of successful careers our graduates achieve:

  • Nonprofit director
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographic information system analyst
  • Local or regional planner
  • International development liaison
  • Agricultural enterprise specialist
  • Conservation management strategist
  • Lawyer specializing in human rights or environmental law

Interested in going to law school or graduate school? We have an excellent track record of placing our students in the top law and graduate programs across the U.S. Many geography students gain critical mentorship and guidance to pursue post-graduate training in human rights or environmental law, earth science, and international development.