Geography

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BS, and a BGS, as well as a graduate certificate, a MA, a MS, and a PhD in Geography. Geography and weather are some of humankind's oldest curiosities and long established branches of modern science. The scientific discipline of Geography strives to explore and to understand the variety that exists in the world's landscapes and cultures.

Geography Department website


Sample of Related Skills

  • Describe human-environment, and nature-society interactions as well as global human and environmental issues 
  • Identify the planet’s human and physical characteristics and processes, from global to local scales 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using geographical research tools including spatial statistics, cartography, remote sensing, GIS and GPS 
  • Evaluate the impacts of human activities on natural environments 
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and solve geographic problems effectively in collaborative settings working with other students 

Popular Career Paths

Geopolitics and Political Geography: focuses on the establishment and challenge of territory, different forms of spatial borders, and contributing factors of conflict including cultural and economic factors.

Geoinformatics: Specializes in the collection, management, visualization, analysis, and distribution of spatial data using computers that have applications in business, engineering, and public health.

Climate and People: Prepares you to deal with the human and physical components of climate change, which includes opportunities in research, mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability.

Soils and Ecohydrology: Will give students the tools to address the soil-organism-water interactions necessary to pursue a career in natural resource management, ecohydrology, soil science, or agriculture.

Urban/Economic Geography: Examines how economic processes play out spatially, particularly within and among urban areas. Specific topics include how capital investment and disinvestment shapes uneven development, including labor markets, national economies, international trade, and urban landscapes.

People, Migration, and Globalization: Focuses on the cultural and social systems that impact the landscape and how these systems and processes impact the flow of people and ideas between regions.


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Jobs to Consider

Cartographer

Climatologist

Demographer

Emergency Services Manager

Environmental Manager

Soil/Environmental Scientist

Flood Manager

GIS Specialist

Librarian/Information Specialist

National Park Service Ranger

Natural Resource Manager

Environmental Consultant

Real Estate Appraisal

Teacher/Faculty

Transportation Manager

Urban Planner/Community Developer

Writer/Researcher

Soil/Hydrology Field or Laboratory Technician


Places to Seek Employment

City/Regional Planning Offices

Community Development Agencies

Conservation Agencies in State, County & Federal Agencies

Emergency Management for Government & Non-Profit

Insurance Agencies

Environmental Regulation Agencies

Historic Preservation Associations

Housing/Development Agencies

Environmental Consulting
Firms

Weather and Climate Agencies

Waste Management Agencies, both private industry & government

Outdoor Recreation Management Companies

View specific employers by state.


Employment Strategies

  1. Geography is a multidisciplinary field with a wide array of concentration areas - explore your fit early on and commit to developing specific technical skills in your chosen area. 
  2. Research labor market trends for your chosen area.
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Network with professionals working in the field by joining as a student member and attending annual conferences and regional meetings. Ask you faculty which organizations to join. 
  6. If considering an international career, develop skills in another language.
  7. Develop skills and experience in computer programming if considering a career in GIS. 
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals
  9. Pursue research experiences if you are considering going to graduate school or pursuing a career in the scientific research.  
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Geography Club and Geography Graduate Student Organization.

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