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Geography, Environmental Geographer Track (B.A.)

B.A., Geography ,
Environmental Geographer Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

To protect the Earth, you have to understand it. As a Geography major taking the Environmental Geographer track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll gain the skills to assess the causes, consequences, and solutions to a wide range of environmental issues such as water pollution, acid rain, and tropical deforestation.


Among the classes you’ll take are Cartography I, Map and Photograph Interpretation, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Geography of Energy, Climatology, Physiography, Geography of Fresh Water Resources, and Biogeography for Environmental Managers.


The Geography Department’s labs and facilities offer you the opportunity to get hands-on experience. Free electives in the Environmental Geographer track allow you to add an internship or a minor, perhaps in Geology or Environmental Health Science.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography achieved through pursuit of the Environmental Geographer track leads to graduate study or employment in related areas.  More than 95 percent of IUP Geography Department graduates in a recent five-year span were accepted into graduate programs or found jobs in business and industry, as environmental professionals, as municipal planners, with regional and state agencies, in federal government, as social science educators, and with engineering firms.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of surveyors, cartographers, surveying technicians, and mapping technicians is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2006 to 2016. Increased interest in Geographic Information Systems is expected to expand demand for maps and information.

The labor report also notes that job growth for geographers and political scientists in the social science end of the field is projected to be slow, with most opportunities in government.

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Special Features

  • IUP facilities for Geography include the Spatial Environmental Analysis Lab and the James E. Payne Geographic Information Systems/Cartography Lab.
  • The Geography Department has a fully functional weather station.
  • The IUP Gamma Theta Upsilon chapter, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, sponsors speakers, campus activities, field trips, and social events.
  • Students may want to become involved in IUP’s mine-mapping project, which provides critical information about abandoned or unidentified coal mines.
  • An honors program is available.
  • IUP offers master’s degree options in Geography and Regional Planning.
  • The Department of Geography and Regional Planning offers an 18-credit program of study leading to a Certificate of Recognition in Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Techniques.