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Program Overview

Play a crucial role in solving today's pressing environmental challenges with a degree in geography. You'll learn to use advanced technologies to address a wide range of vital issues to our planet. You'll study urban planning, the use of natural resources, hazard mitigation, and even homeland security.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years (major), 1-2 years (minor)
Credit Hours: 21 - 36

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

We're facing climate change and the effects of an increasingly connected world. The next generation of geography experts will be confronted with never before seen global challenges. That's why the tools, technologies, and knowledge required to take on and solve today's global issues are so important. In our program, you'll learn to help improve the relationships between people and their environments.

You'll train in advanced geospatial technology including GPS, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). You'll also learn to analyze geographic data and make actionable recommendations.

These cutting-edge computational and information technologies will help you to understand patterns of human activities and earth processes. That kind of data will help with essential urban planning decisions or in developing strategies for solving environmental or natural hazard issues.

In our program, you'll gain the skills and expertise to address urgent issues in a rapidly-changing world. You'll learn about the relationships between humans and the environment. Plus, you'll gain unmatched expertise using a comprehensive and analytical approach to timely environmental, economic, and social issues.

Program Highlights

As a student in our geography program, you'll:

  • Gain hands-on experience using advanced software, remote sensing technology, and specialty equipment at CMU's Center for Geographic Information Science on campus.
  • Benefit from small classes, field trips and opportunities to complete research with faculty.
  • Gain professional development and contacts through student organizations such as the Geography Club.

Careers & Outcomes

Your geography degree will give you highly marketable skills that can lead to many career opportunities — geospatial intelligence analyst, GIS analyst, urban planner, cartographer, resource manager, environmental consultant, climatologist, and educator.

Career Projected Salary
Urban and Regional Planner $79,540
Cartographer $71,890
GIS Analyst $78,594
Geographic Information Systems Technologist and Technician $98,740
Geodetic Surveyor $63,080
GIS Technician $59,341
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