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A Geography degree prepares you for life.

Geographers seek to understand why things vary from place to place and how their distributions change over time.  We use the latest Geographic Information Systems technologies, Remote Sensing, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as well as traditional social science and natural science analysis.  While you earn your Geography degree, you become a professional who does not merely “know” geography, you practice it.  Geographers address key challenges of society such as economic development, globalization, and territorial conflict.  Geographers also tackle human-environment challenges such as severe weather, climate effects, sustainability, land use, and natural resource management.  Geography bridges the natural and social sciences, as well as the STEM disciplines.

Major in Geography

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Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor’s) Apply BA/BS
Graduate Degrees (Master’s) Apply MA/MS

Earn your bachelor’s degree in geography in the classroom or 100% online. Want to go farther? Get your master’s degree in geography (soon to be available 100% online).

You can also transfer your college credits to Marshall and finish your geography degree.

Where Can a Geography Degree Take You?

Geography equips you for careers in both the public and private sectors. For example, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for trained GIS professionals and atmospheric scientists will grow faster than average over the next decade.

Fields open to you include:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professions
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Cartography
  • International Business
  • Regional and Urban Planning

See recent graduates and their careers. Learn more about the jobs you can pursue.

Geography degree at Marshall University


The Geography Department offers high quality geography degree programs.  A geography degree from Marshall provides life-long critical thinking, technical, and practical skills.  Furthermore, the Geography Department contributes to the University’s general education mission to produce broadly educated citizens capable of living and working effectively in a global environment.  As a result, graduates of our programs succeed as professionals in today’s competitive job market.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geographers in 2016 earned a median of $74,260 per year or $35.70 per hour.