Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Geography?

Geography integrates social and physical sciences to engage diverse people, places, and environments. Geographers think spatially and use geospatial technologies to understand a changing world and plan a more sustainable future. Our research and teaching focus on urbanization, globalization, and environmental change.

Geography majors explore the interactions of people, places, and environments, integrating social and natural sciences to understand global issues and address them locally. Geographers synthesize spatial information using qualitative and quantitative techniques, including geospatial mapping technologies. Students gain critical thinking, research, and communications skills through both independent research and collaborative learning. Majors are trained for diverse opportunities related to urbanization, global development, and the environment.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Faculty attention

A low student to faculty ratio means that faculty are here for students and are accessible to student needs. Many geography majors are involved in independent research with faculty mentors.

Access to technology

Students use geospatial technology to solve problems in our Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) and take courses in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning (GPS), and geovisualization. The Geography Department's GIS labs are equipped with advanced workstations running ArcGIS, ENVI, and a full suite of supporting statistical and database software. Students can also earn a certificate in geographic information science (GISci) to complement the major.


Many of our students, especially those interested in applied environmental management or GIS, do internships as part of their degrees. Our students have worked in city planning departments in Oxford, Hamilton, and Cincinnati and the Three Valley Conservation Trust.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree offers students a strong foundation in base geographic ideas and knowledge, while offering them flexibility to explore their interests. The major consists of:

  • Foundation courses in human and physical geography
  • 200-level courses selected in integrating human and physical processes, people and places, environmental principles, geovisualization, and regional geography
  • Upper-level courses (300-and 400-level) in their area(s) of interest

Geography is an ideal major to pair with co-majors such as Environmental Science or Sustainability. Several courses count for both majors. These options allow students to significantly strengthen their training in natural science, while also studying the many linkages between environmental and human systems.

What can I do with this major?

As global ties continue to increase and as geospatial technology continues to develop, geographers find themselves much in demand. The majority of Miami graduates are working in international and domestic businesses or in government agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey, the Census Bureau, and the State Department. A sampling of our graduates includes a guide at a national park in Oregon, a teacher with Teach for America in Tennessee, a transportation planner for a county in Ohio, an environmental scientist with a water management district in Florida, and students attending law school and graduate school in urban planning.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Geography
118B Shideler Hall
Oxford, OH 45056