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Geography, Economic Geographer Track (B.A.)

B.A., Geography,
Economic Geographer Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

Those who can see the world from both the spatial point of view of a geographer and the analyzing practicality of an economist can guide the growth of cities, influencing the future with decisions that are made now. As a Geography major pursuing the Economic Geographer track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll study Geography as it relates to economic factors such as trade, population groupings, and politics.

Among the classes you’ll take for this track are Population Geography, Urban Geography, Trade and Transportation, Political Geography, Social Geography, and Land Use Policy.

The Geography Department’s labs and facilities offer you the opportunity to get hands-on experience. Free electives in the Economic Geographer track allow you to add an internship or a minor, perhaps in Geology or Business Administration, or choose your path by selecting your own list of courses.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography achieved by pursuing the Economic Geographer track leads to graduate study or employment in this field.  More than 95 percent of IUP Geography Department graduates in a recent five-year span were placed in 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 GIS 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. Job opportunities will be concentrated 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 and Regional Planning 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.