Field of Study: Geography
Geography is the study of people, plants, animals, and natural resources, and how each affects the Earth.
This program includes topics such as:
- Historical and political geography
- Cultural geography
- Economic and physical geography
- Mapping methods
- Land use planning
- Geographic Information System (GIS) - a mapmaking computer system
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:
- Human geography
- Physical geography
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. 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 degree programs. 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.