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Geography is a bridge between the social sciences (human geography) and the natural sciences (physical geography).

More than this, geography trains students in the latest geospatial technologies - geographic information systems, earth observation, and other cutting-edge tools - to analyze global change. Our nationally recognized Geography Program empowers students to address problems associated with the spatial patterns and processes of human and environmental change. It does this by taking a highly integrated approach that couples the study of people and the environment with the use of cutting-edge tools such as digital mapping technologies and images of the earth collected from satellites and aircraft. This unique approach produces graduates who are 'big picture' thinkers and are valued by a wide range of employers and prepared for further study in geography and related disciplines.

As a JMU geographer you'll:

  • Work in the field focusing on real-world issues.
  • Build real-world expertise and experience working with schools, local farmers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies.
  • Explore major cities like New York and London and fascinating countries like Malta, Kenya, and Thailand.
  • Practice essential conservation skills in nearby forests and parks.
Learn More:
2021 Award for Excellence in Geography -American Association of Geographers

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 Geography 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 geography, 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.

Geography
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A.
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations:
    • Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS)
    • Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development (ECSD)
  • Minors:
    • Geography

Declaring the Major

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

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Progressing in the Major

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


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