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Geography

Geography opens worlds of discovery. You’ll learn to analyze the variation of human activity that exists among places, regions and countries, and examine the relationship between the natural environment and human activities.

Description

What is Geography at WVU like?

Description

Geography provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze the variation in human activity that exists among places, regions and countries. This knowledge allows geographers to explain why some places are more or less developed than others, to suggest ways in which development can be planned and to examine the relationship between the natural environment and human activities.

At a Glance

Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Globalization and Development

Opportunities

What makes Geography at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

In addition to the major's three areas of emphasis, an individualized program of study is also available combining elements of the three options.

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

Network with professionals in your field as a student member of:

  • American Geographical Society
  • Royal Geographical Society

WVUteach

You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Geography major.

Careers

What can you do with a degree in Geography?

Geography is forecast to have the strongest growth among all STEM disciplines (Bureau of Labor Statistics Dec. 2014).

Graduates are qualified careers in both the private and public sectors. In industry, geographers are hired as geographic information system analysts, business location researchers, environmental impact consultants, market analysts and cartographers. In government, geographers can work as local urban planners, regional and state economic development specialists, environmental and resource development analysts, land-use planners, international development agency advisors, teachers and trainers, researchers, cartographers, as well as geographic information system analysts. Some graduates may also use their training to pursue careers as environmental or community activists in non-profit organizations.

Finally, many Geography students go on to graduate school to obtain further training, most commonly in geography or planning, but also in fields as diverse as law, information science and environmental studies.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Geography major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

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Courses

What are the courses like in Geography at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Geography major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

GEOG 107:
Physical Geography

Introduction to global environmental systems operating on the earth's surface, emphasizing weather and climate, soils, natural vegetation, and geomorphology, and examination of human interaction with these natural processes.

GEOG 150:
Digital Earth

PR or CONC: GEOG 149. Recent advances in technology and data availability have increased our knowledge about the world. This class surveys key concepts of geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis) in the context of social and environmental change.

GEOG 207:
Climate and Environment

Examination of atmospheric processes and the impact of human activity on climate.

GEOG 240:
United States and Canada

Regional study of the United States and Canada emphasizing such geographic features as climate, natural vegetation, topography, natural resources, population distribution and trends, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation systems, and regional culture.

GEOG 302:
Political Geography

Examines the interrelationship between politics and the environment, human territoriality, the political organization of space, geopolitical aspects of the nation-state and international problems.

GEOG 317:
Climatological Analysis

Statistical analysis and interpretation of climatological data and application to physical and human problems across the globe using user-friendly tools. (Also listed as GEOG 517)

GEOG 412:
Geography of Gender

An exploration of how gender affects spatial patterns and processes. Theoretical and empirical aspects of feminism are analyzed including women and employment, third world feminism, sexuality and space, and gender in academia.

GEOG 425:
Urban and Regional Planning

Explores concepts, techniques, and processes of physical and socioeconomic planning and their application to urban and regional problems.

GEOG 485:
Methods of Geographic Research

Geographic analysis as problem-solving activity. Practical experience in field techniques, library research, hypothesis formation and testing, and report preparation and presentation. Students will acquire skills in literary and numerical approaches to geographic data analysis.

Cost

How much does Geography at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Semester $4,896
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,792
Non-Resident
Per Semester $13,188
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,376
International
Per Semester $13,488
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,976
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Geography at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Geography major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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