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Undergraduate Programs

​​​​Prepare for a successful career in a geography-related field through the programs and experiences offered by the CMU Department of Geography.

Geography-related careers include everything from teaching geography at an elementary school to using geographic information system software to analyze a regional floodplain or map a land development project.

You can gain the knowledge and skills that will help you enter a geography-related position through one of these CMU programs:

A master's degree program in geographic information sciences also is offered, providing advanced course work and applied research in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. There is also a graduate certificate in data mining program as well. ​

​CMU offers a prominent geography program with an emphasis on geospatial technology, environmental analysis and planning, and global studies.

Choose from majors in:

  • Geography (B.A., B.S.)
  • Geography: Environmental and Land Use Planning Concentration
  • Geography: Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) Concentration
  • Geography: Geospatial Analysis of Environment Concentration
  • Geography (B.S. in Ed.) - Secondary Ed.

The department also advises teaching and non-teaching Interdisciplinary majors and minors in Earth Science.

Geography and earth science majors are required to take courses which cover the basic content, concepts, and techniques of the disciplines. Elective hours should be selected in consultation with an advisor. You should consult with a departmental advisor early in your career at CMU.

Geography (B.A., B.S.)

Geography: Environmental and Land Use Planning Concentration (B.A., B.S.)

Geography: Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) Concentration (B.A., B.S.)

Geography: Geospatial Analysis of Environment Concentration (B.A., B.S.)

Geography (B.S. in Ed.) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Environmental Studies (B.A., B.S.)


​Student Teaching

Students seeking the Department of Geography's recommendation for student teaching must have:

  • A signed major/minor in geography or earth science
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in the major/minor courses
  • Completed a Department of Geography application form

For more information on the Geography - Secondary Education major, please contact the program's advisor:

Michael J. Libbee
Dow Science Complex 298
989-774-3723
michael.libbee@cmich.edu​​