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Geography Degree

Students Working in the Field

Geography is the study of the relationships between human society and the physical environment. Geography involves everything from environmental studies and human impact on the environment to the availability and location of the earth's resources to the physical processes that occur at the earth's surface and the spatial interactions among society and the physical environment.

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Current students are encouraged to visit the Watershed Sciences homepage for current news and information or the Watershed Sciences' Undergraduate Programs homepage for additional information.

Academic Advisor

Shelly Kotynek

Shelly Kotynek
NR 120

  • Semester-by-semester planning
  • Connecting with clubs
  • Changing your major
  • Academic success resources

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Sarah Null
NR 354

  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives


Geography is the science of place: where things are located on the Earth and why, how places differ, and how humans shape and are affected by the Earth. Geographers use tools such as computer mapping and modeling to better understand these relationships in a rapidly changing world. 

These skills can be applied to almost all fields, including social sciences, natural resources disciplines such as range, forestry, fisheries, watershed protection and restoration and urban planning.

Students who ….

  • Want to use computer technology to help solve natural resource problems.
  • Are curious about the world and its cultures.
  • Want to teach.
  • Are concerned about worldwide problems, ranging from hunger and poverty to global warming.
  • Want to prepare for graduate study, law school or an MBA.

Students study both physical and human geography at different scales. They learn the important skills and tools of geography such as mapping, remote sensing, geographic information systems, but also explore the cultural and human elements of societies.

The Geography Teaching major certifies a graduate for teaching geography in Utah at a secondary school level. These students develop geography teaching methods in addition to secondary education practicum and theory courses.

  • Working for federal agencies such as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the US Geological Survey, the CIA, or the Department of State, and careers in the military.
  • Working in the private sector (transportation, utility, real estate, or marketing companies)
  • Working for state agencies including those dealing with agriculture and natural resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, planning, the Governor’s office,
  • Working in city and county planning
  • Teaching in high schools
  • Doctoral student, soil science (Class of 2007)
  • Graduate student, bioregional planning (Class of 2011)
  • Junior high school teacher, Granite School District (Class of 2008)
  • Medical student (Class of 2010)
  • Research scientist, Michigan Tech University (Class of 2007)

Club membership is not specific to any major in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and all students are encouraged to get involved.  Visit the Student Organizations website to see how to get involved in what interests you.