Bachelor of Science in Geography

Become a vital part of the world around you.

Ever wonder why things are where they are, or where they will be in the future? Curious about what resources might be hidden right beneath your feet? The bachelor’s degree program in Geography at Frostburg State University brings you the education and experience to start your career and begin answering some big questions. Geography is an extraordinarily relevant field, influencing everything from bustling city centers to national forests. With an increasing global population and changing climate, the world is looking more than ever to geoscientists to lead it into the future. Frostburg State is uniquely suited to offer you a great geography program, reinforced with in-the-field projects, experience with the tools of the discipline and adventures out into the geologically rich mountains and diverse communities of Western Maryland.

  • Study general geography or concentrate in Climate System Science, Global Systems Analysis or Mapping Science

  • Join a well-rounded and thorough program that has alumni working as educators, urban developers, geographic information scientists and cartographers with the private sector, state and federal agencies.

Geography Highlights

  • See the world while you study it. FSU’s Geography Department offers a direct exchange program for students to study abroad at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.
  • Travel for fun lab trips around the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, a region steeped in rich cultural history with plenty to study.
  • Get ready for your future by keeping tabs on internships, graduate studies and entry-level jobs in the geography field. The Geography Department will keep you posted on promising opportunities and help you get into a program or job.
  • Explore numerous specialized facilities fully stocked with all the equipment you’ll need, whether you’re working in the field or the lab.
  • Join your fellow students in the Geography Club and Gamma Theta Upsilon honors society.

About Our Geography Faculty:

  • Meet our fun, unique faculty assembled from across the country and around the world.
  • Delve into the field with passionate professors who conduct original research and present to the geoscience community at conferences.

Sample Geography Courses:

Surveying and Field Techniques – Theory of measurements, computation, and instrumentation; field work, use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and compilation of topographic base maps; evaluation of errors; profiling, grading, slope and grade stakes. Field work will include use of a variety of instruments.

Soil Analysis – Physical and chemical characteristics of soils as they relate to suitability for plant growth and reproduction. Laboratory and field testing of soil and soil-forming material. Physical properties of soil, moisture relationships, organic matter content, and chemical constituents.

Food Systems – Geographic examination of the production, distribution and consumption of food. Cultural and spatial foundations of the global food system and its impacts on human and natural systems. Sustainable food systems.

Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa – Cultural, economic, physical and political potentials of Sub-Sahara Africa. Complex spatial patterns that define the Sub-Sahara African landscape.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Geography program

Career Outlook for Geography professionals

Geographers and geoscientists can expect to find a good variety of opportunities in their field, with above-average job growth anticipated from 2012-2022. New technologies and processes, climate change and increasing interest in responsible, sustainable practices will drive demand in geographic fields. The need to support a growing population with the same land resources will create opportunities in alternative energy, oil and natural gas extraction, environmental consulting and urban planning. Widespread use of GPS will create jobs for geographers with skill in cartography and geographic information systems. Proficiency with geographic tools, knowledge of a particular subfield and experience with projects or studies will greatly improve prospects. For more information, check out the Geoscience pages in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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