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Program(s) Available: B.A.S., B.S., Minor

Do you ever wonder what makes the world go 'round? Are you curious how the environment impacts human behavior? If so, the geography major might be for you!

Why Study Geography at Northwest

Geography is a holistic discipline that studies the relationship between humans, the unique cultures of construct and the environments in which they live. This major prepares students for a wide range of careers related to geography and culture. Northwest offers three different areas of focus: culture and society, environmental geography and geographic information science.

Did you know? Students may also minor in geography or geographic information science! Both minors are customizable after the completion of the required courses. For more information, visit the Academic Catalog.

Read more about our emphases and map out your future at Northwest!

Are you a transfer student? A B.A.S. program is available.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a flexible, individually tailored degree for students pursuing a vocational, technical or associate degree. Students may find a B.A.S. appealing for the following reasons:

  • Shorter time to degree by maximizing the transfer of vocational and technical courses toward a four-year degree
  • Requires fewer Northwest Core courses (general education courses)
  • A personalized and flexible degree plan
  • Cost-effective

Check out the benefits of our B.A.S. programs.


Culture and Society

Ever wonder what makes a city overpopulated? What about the impacts of migration? By pursuing an emphasis in culture and society, you'll learn the patterns of human culture in relation to the environment. For more details, look at our 4-year plan!

culture and society 4-Year Plan 

Environmental Geography

Our environment is ever-changing. There's so much to learn about the physical geography of the place we call home. An emphasis in environmental geography will allow you to explore how humans impact, control and care for the planet. Interested? Review our 4-year plan!

environmental geography 4-Year Plan

Geographic Information Science

At Northwest, students work directly with geography faculty who specialize in geographic information science (GIS). This interdisciplinary program is designed for students interested in spatial technology careers such as: urban planning, precision agriculture, remote sensing, cartography and global positioning systems. Additionally, students have access to several state-of-the-art computer labs and the latest versions of industry-standard GIS software packages to ensure they are competitive in the job market. For a list of required courses, view our 4-year plan.

gis 4-Year Plan

Career ready

Career ready

β€œIt definitely provided me with not only the tools to do that research, but to think critically and discover connections that might also affect those situations. This education allowed me to become a holistic person and really work on the areas that I struggle in as well.” β€” Aaron Moser

Career Opportunities

  • Cartography technician
  • Geography information systems analyst
  • Retail analyst
  • Homeland security
  • Mapping technician
  • Urban planning
  • Precision agriculture specialist

What Can I Do With a Major in Geography?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Research Opportunities

Faculty-led research provides an opportunity for students to produce original research with the goal of publishing their work. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education. 

Research Opportunities

Student Organizations

GeoClub offers academic and social opportunities for students studying Earth science, geology and geography. This club sponsors various activities such as: 

  • Field trips to geologically and geographically important areas in the United States
  • Trips to the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show
  • Setting up educational displays at the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show, B.D. Owens Library and Garrett-Strong Science Building
Student Organizations
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