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Geography (B.A./B.S.)

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Geography is the scientific study of the distribution of both physical and human features of the Earth’s surface. Geographers seek to describe, relate and explain the natural and cultural phenomena that distinguish places around the world. Geographers focus upon “where” and “why” questions concerning the global environment. Geography also functions as a bridge between the natural sciences; its perspective on the location of phenomena makes it unique among the academic disciplines. The process of change is a fundamental theme in geography and the examination of how humankind modifies the Earth is a continual emphasis. The study of geography is thus of vital concern to all citizens and provides graduates with numerous career opportunities in business, education and government.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a genuine curiosity about the world.
  • Enjoy both the hard sciences and social sciences.
  • Like to learn about different places and cultures.
  • Like working with technology.
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker.

Career Opportunities

  • Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst
  • Urban planner
  • Teacher
  • Tourism planner
  • Land manager

Recent Employers

  • Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce/Tracy Economic Development Authority
  • City/County of Brookings
  • City of Sioux Falls
  • Sioux Falls Public Schools
  • Sioux Valley Energy

Internship Opportunities

  • National Park Service
  • City/County of Brookings
  • City of Sioux Falls
  • Minnehaha County Highway Department
  • Game, Fish, and Parks (Sioux Falls)

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.