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Why Choose Geography?

The Geography program will give you the background to be able to interpret the complex relationships between people and their environment. In seeking to understand variations in those human/environment relationships, geographers interpret patterns of social, economic, and political activity on Earth. This program will provide you with the foundation and skills to pursue a career in geography.

Skills Acquired

People who have worked in Geography typically perform the following tasks:

  • Collecting information from different sources
  • Analyzing data or information
  • Interpreting information for others
  • Compiling, calculating, tabulating, or otherwise processing information
  • Using computers
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events
  • Keeping up-to-date with new knowledge
  • Making decisions or solving problems

Careers in Geography

Projected Job Growth

According to, job growth for Geography in state of Minnesota will be up 21.2% through 2020.

There will be a need for about 20 new Geographers to meet market demand in this timeframe. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Geography typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Earth Observation Chief Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Environmental Affairs Corporate Director
  • Geography Information Systems Geographer (GIS Geographer)
  • Geography Information Systems Physical Scientist (GIS Physical Scientist)
  • Geography Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director)
  • Research Coordinator
  • Scientist
  • Geography Professor


Average State Pay

According to, geographers have a median annual salary of $76,232 annually ($36.65 per hour).

College geography professors have a median annual salary of $66,113 ($31.79).



Geographers conduct research on the physical aspects of a region, such as land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals. Their work can focus on anything from local regions to the entire earth.

Degrees & Certificates in Geography

An Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Geography provides necessary lower division coursework in geography for transfer to a 4-year major.

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Geography

This degree in Geography provides necessary lower division coursework in geography for transfer to a 4-year major.

Required Courses - 7 credits

Code Title Credits
GEOG 1101 Physical Geography 4
GEOG 1102 Human Geography 3

Complete at least 6 credits from the following:

Code Title Credits
GEOG 1104 Resources, Society and Environment 3
GEOG 1121 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 1125 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
GEOG 1170 Urban Geography 3
GEOG 1172 Introductory Meteorology 4
GEOG 1180 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 1900 Topics in Geography 1-4