Geography & Geographic Information Science
Some of the most curious individuals on campus are part of the Department of Geography. By studying the global landscape and effects of its composure, geographers are able to create solutions for problems in the world today. Utilizing technology and scientific reasoning, geography graduates are able to secure jobs in a variety of fields and locations.
Discover the skills geographers use in determining why things are where they are in the world. With help from an academic advisor, you’ll make a plan to go beyond UND's degree requirements to get the degree you want. Emphasis options include:
- Environmental Geography
- Community and Urban Development
- Geographic Education
By taking advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom, you’ll become a well-rounded student and professional, all while making friends and building your résumé.
With high demand from various companies and agencies, there are several ways to earn academic credit for work and volunteer experience. In addition to these opportunities, laboratory and field experience are a built-in part of some geography courses, giving you the opportunity to study outside of the traditional classroom environment.
Clubs and Organizations
Take a look at UND's 275+ student organizations on campus to see which ones interest you. If you meet the adademic requirements, you'll be invited to join the Gamma Theta Upsilon honor society for students who share a background and interest in geography.
You'll have the opportunity to participate in active research with faculty within the department and across campus.
As a geography major at UND, you'll benefit from learning in a program with excellent post-graduation placement rates, competitive starting salaries, high potential for career and salary advancement and jobs available regionally, nationally and internationally. Recent graduates from the program have gone on to graduate school and careers in academia, or have worked in a number of diverse positions including:
- Community Development Analyst, City of Prior Lake, MN
- GIS Technician, Houston Engineering, Bismarck, ND
- Imagery Scientist, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
- GIS Analyst, Bartlett & West Engineers, Bismarck, ND
- Planner, City of Bozeman, MT
- Senior GIS Analyst, East View Geospatial, Minneapolis, MN
- GIS Analyst, Minnkota Power, Grand Forks, ND
- Appraiser, Assessment Department, Fargo, ND
- Cartographic Technician, Garmin International, Olathe, KS
- Research Scientist, UND Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, ND
- International Logistics Analyst, Polaris Industries, Medina, MN
- Hydrologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Lee’s Summit, MO
- Community Betterment Specialist, Office of Urban Development, Grand Forks, ND
- Site Assessment Analyst, NextEra Energy, Juno Beach, FL
- Emergency Manager, Marshall County, MN
- GIS Coordinator, City of Bismarck, ND
- Director of Economic Development, Divide County, ND
- Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico
This major is approved by the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board. By completing major and teacher education coursework and requirements in the Department of Teaching & Learning, you will be able to become a secondary school teacher.
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