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The Geography, BS is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the integrated social and environmental processes that continuously shape and reshape the world we live in.

This major provides students with broad training across the core subdisciplines of  geography (human, physical, and GIScience), emphasizing application and technique-driven coursework, in addition to a rigorous science and mathematics curriculum. Students will find numerous opportunities for employment in both the private and public sectors, as well as in academia. Given their interdisciplinary approach and uniquely spatial perspective, geographers are well suited to address important local, regional, and global challenges in today's world.

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Program Highlights

Students will find numerous opportunities for employment in both the private and public sectors, as well as in academia. Given their interdisciplinary approach and uniquely spatial perspective, geographers are well suited to address important local, regional, and global challenges in today's world.

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree:

Career Paths

With a Geography, BS degree, students will have endless opportunities. 

  • Our students have gone on to work for local and Federal agencies such as the World Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mapbox, NASA, NGA, and CIA.
  • While it isn't a degree requirement, many students choose to engage in internships to further enrich their education. We have strong ties with USGS, NOAA, American Red Cross, and Leidos.
  • Get hands on learning to build up your resume. Students have the chance to conduct research with graduate students and faculty, learn to fly drones, and assist instructors as learning assistants.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities aren't just for graduate students. Our undergraduate students participate in research with faculty and local sponsors such as,

  • DARPA
  • Fairfax County Government
  • NASA
  • NOAA

What Students Say

Eric Ong, BS in Geography 2015, internships at Dewberry and Fairfax County, currently works as a Geospatial Analyst at DigitalGlobe.

“During my time as a student there were numerous aspects of the Geography and Geoinformation Science department and program that allowed me to grow and excel, but a couple stand out because they helped me form a foundation to start my career. The first was the technical and data centric BS program that the GGS department offered because it exposed me to skillsets that I would later use in my career. Secondly, the variety and abundant research assistantships provided by the engaging professors proved to be an undeniable learning experiencing and resume builder. In addition to the faculty, the staff of the GGS department worked tirelessly to keep students updated of possible extracurricular and internship opportunities. Thanks to the curriculum of Geography and Geoinformation Science program and the first hand research assistant experience I felt I stood out from all the other graduates entering the job market.”

Pat Guillen-Piazza, BS in Geography ‘18:

“The environment here is want makes this place an ideal location. There are a plethora of internships whereas institutions in other areas are hurting for internships. There’s plenty to do which makes for an awesome opportunity. It’s really what you make out of it. Also, get to know your professors – they know stuff! And they work hard to get students hands on experience.”

Add a Minor

As a Geography major you may also be interested in these minors offered by the College of Science:

Explore Other Majors

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