Geography Fundamentals 

The field of geography encompasses global and local concerns such as urban development, environmental sustainability, land use, geopolitics, mapping, satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS).

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science offers these undergraduate degree options:

  • B.A. in Geography - Geography Track – focuses on physical, cultural and economic patterns and processes across regions. Program includes basic geographic techniques, and analysis.
  • B.S. in Geography/Geographic Information Systems – prepares students for careers in the advanced analytical and scientific areas of GIS, cartography and remote sensing.

Professional Preparation

Degrees prepare graduates for careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry. Many graduates also continue on to graduate school or professional-degree programs.

Our faculty

Faculty have research strengths in:

  • geographic information systems
  • remote sensing
  • cartography
  • soils
  • field studies
  • physical and environmental studies
  • geography of Asia, Europe and Latin America
  • political geography

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on Research

    Experience geography firsthand through our:

    • specialized labs for research and instruction in geographic technologies;
    • diverse collection of digital and printed maps, aerial photographs and satellite images;
    • opportunities for individual undergraduate research projects and fieldwork; and 
    • courses that utilize field observation, global positioning system (GPS) tools and community participation.

      Real-world Experience

      Gain practical professional experience and valuable resume references through a variety of internship opportunities through the Department of Geology and Environmental Science. Internship positions are available with local government agencies and businesses.

      Recent Placements include:

      • Stark County Auditor
      • Davey Resource Group
      • U.S. Census Bureau
      • Cuyahoga County Health Department
      • Cleveland MetroParks

      Geography and Planning Student Organization

      Interact with other geography students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

      • Geography and Planning Organization (GAPSA)

      Curriculum Guide

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      Career Opportunities

      Degrees and Preparation

      A degree in geography offers many opportunities. Geographers have careers as:

      • Urban planners
      • Environmental planners
      • Educators
      • Geospatial analysts
      • Business location analysts
      •  Transportation planners
      •  Law enforcement, military or intelligence analysts
      • Park and recreation administrators

      Career Outlook

      Employment within the fields of geography, planning and GIS is growing. Job prospects are especially good for those with strong software skills or advanced degrees.

      A&S Careers Program

      Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

      • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
      • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
      • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
      • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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