Why earn a bachelor's degree in geography?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Geography is the science of place and space. As a geography student at UND, you'll explore the science of our global landscape and prepare to create solutions to some of today's most urgent problems.

Geography majors at UND choose an area of focus from three concentrations:

  • Community and urban development
  • Environmental geography
  • Geographic education

If a career in information systems, remote sensing or global positioning systems (GPS) is appealing to you, you can also add-on a minor in Geospatial Technologies.

Whichever program you choose, you'll study geospatial technologies related to human geography, physical geography and geographic education.

Geography at UND

  • Great Value Colleges ranks UND #10 in the nation for the most affordable bachelor's degree in geography for 2020. To help cut down on time and cost, you can earn academic credit for your volunteer work and/or work experience. 

  • Engage in lab and field experience as part of some geography courses.

  • Join Gamma Theta Upsilon, the geography honor society.

  • Participate in active research with faculty within the department and across campus.

  • Take part in UND's North Dakota Digital Atlas.

  • Earn academic credit for work and volunteer experience.

Careers in Geography 


Median annual salary for geographers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Geographers


Anticipated job growth for cartographers and photogrammetrists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

A geography major from UND opens the door to myriad career opportunities in government, education, business, nonprofits and beyond. With a B.S., our graduates have the option of continuing on to graduate school or starting a highly successful career such as:

  • Community Development Analyst
  • GIS Technician
  • Imagery Scientist
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • International Logistics Analyst
  • Hydrologic Technician
  • Site Assessment Analyst
  • GIS Coordinator
  • Director of Economic Development
  • High School or Middle School Teacher
  • Science and Operations Officer

When You Major in Geography

A Geography degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software)
  • Cartography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis

UND Geography Alumni

Geography alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • AE2S
  • Bolton & Menk, Inc.
  • City of Bismarck
  • City of Grand Forks
  • Colorado State University

Geography Courses

Learning to Lead

Using augmented reality students gain hands-on experience to view geographic information.