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Geography is the study of people, plants, animals, and natural resources, and how each affects the Earth.

This program includes topics such as:

In geography programs, students take courses from different fields of study, including biology, geology, statistics, and economics.


In geography, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in geography. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in geography. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in geography. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, you can take different geography courses depending on your interests. Some examples of courses are:

Fieldwork and internships are often required. You can work for a term for a community group, government agency, or private organization.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in geography typically includes:

Things to Know

With a degree in geography, you can work as a city planner, environmental analyst, cartographer, or real estate developer. Or you can work for a government agency such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Big Bend Community College

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Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Highline College

North Seattle College

Northeastern University - Seattle

Seattle Pacific University

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Lower Columbia College

Skagit Valley College

Western Washington University

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College