Find Your Place in the World

Geography Major

Get ready to chart your course. Emphasizing the “where,” geographers study the character of places by examining the interactions between the economic, cultural and physical environment of a place. Studying geography is one of the best ways to understand your world and to become a better global citizen.

Why Choose Geography at SU?

One key feature of our coursework in the geography degree is SU’s commitment to experiential studies. Many of the core and elective courses in the geography program include hands-on lab activities and class field trips. The coursework required for this degree provides a solid undergraduate knowledge that serves as a strong foundation for students continuing on to graduate studies or a career in geography.

The diversity of geography-related professions is stunning. Our graduates work for the CIA, EPA, National Park Service, NASA, U.S. Geological Survey and more. They are Department of Natural Resources Police who patrol the Chesapeake Bay, computer cartographers and geographic information system managers for the U.S. Census Bureau and Geospatial Intelligence, private consultants, and NYC real estate developers. Several can be seen forecasting the weather on television.

A bachelor’s degree in geography provides the academic and technical skill sets to work in a variety of occupations. Our graduates work in both the public and private sectors, and our department maintains a strong alumni network, enabling current students and recent graduates to connect with internships and job opportunities. Our department focuses on undergraduate student success, and our faculty’s open door policy and dedicated computer lab enable our majors to acquire the skills necessary to obtain jobs in their field following graduation with their Bachelor of Science.

Tracks

At SU, students may complete the geography major in one of five tracks. All majors complete a set of core courses that provide a foundation for choosing a track. Many geography majors are able to complete more than one track in support of their career objectives.

Careers

Geography graduates may find employment in a range of sectors, including with the public or in education, commerce or tourism. With a Salisbury education in geography, you can find your place in the world with one of the following careers:

  • Climatologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geographical Information Systems Officer
  • Landscape Architect
  • National Park Service Ranger
  • Recycling Officer
  • Town Planner
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Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty is committed to the success of our students, and their open door policy allows students to seek help any time they need it.

Seeing the looks of awe and wonderment on the students’ faces while we were watching a supercell thunderstorm … was the most gratifying experience in my time as a professor at SU.
Craig Ramseyer, Ph.D. Department of Geography and Geosciences Faculty

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