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The major is a part of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

The Geographic Science program empowers, inspires and motivates students to become competent critical thinkers prepared for life-long learning. Students will be able to respond to intellectual challenges with interest, excitement and competence and see themselves as global citizen actively involved in the world around them.

By graduating with a degree in geographic science students will be confident in their abilities as a geographer, prepared for a lifetime of learning in geography and have the skills to make a professional contribution to the field. Students will be able to compete successfully in the job market, pursue a graduate degree and be highly qualified for a career in research and development—equipped for long term success as a professional in the field of geography.

Degrees Offered




Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS)

Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development (ECSD)



Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Geographic Science major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and a "Plan of Study" form to the program academic adviser, Kristin Sowden. For questions, please contact Ms. Sowden via phone: (540) 568-6199 or e-mail:

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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