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Bachelor's degree in Geography

B.A. or B.S. in geography; geography pre-planning; minor

Geography is the original environmental science and geographers work at the intersection of globalization, nature and society. Geography majors learn to lead the way in creating and sustaining connections regionally to globally, while studying human activities through patterns of social, economic, cultural and physical factors.

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Students in many majors, such as geography, connect with each other by sharing their experiences and learning opportunities. 

The K-State difference

K-State students may pursue a traditional major in geography or choose the geography preplanning option. A number of geography students select a minor in another field or a secondary major — such as natural resources and environmental sciences — to complement their degree.

In a recent geography alumni employer database, we found 53 percent of participants were employed in the private sector, 11 percent in higher education, 15 percent in federal government, nearly 8 percent in local government, and the remainder in various educational or governmental fields.

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Did you know?

One indication of the quality of our academic program is our students’ successes. In the past 30 years, K-State geography students have won more national Gamma Theta Upsilon — a national geography honor society — awards than any other university.

What classes will I take in geography?

Many students choose to specialize in a subfield such as

  • community studies,
  • natural resources or
  • geographic education,

while other may select a specific region of the world such as Latin America or Africa as a focal point for their studies. 

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How can I continue my education?

Geography (Minor)
Geographic Information Systems (Undergraduate Certificate)
Geography (M.A.)
Geography (Ph.D.)
Geographic Information Science (Graduate Certificate)

What can I do with a degree in geography?

Employment opportunities vary from positions in business and government to jobs in planning and education. K-State geography alumni have gone on to work in a variety of careers, including:

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Tuition and Scholarships

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Additional K-State opportunities

Undergraduate research

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At a public research university like K-State, you'll have direct access to research opportunities from the start. K-State undergraduates have studied sustainable energy, cancer cells, musical lyrics and many other topics alongside nationally renowned faculty at K-State's 90-plus research centers.

Study abroad

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Studying in another country not only allows you to experience the wonders of another culture, but it also broadens your horizons and makes you a stronger citizen in our global society. There are more than 85 countries currently participating in K-State's education abroad programs!

Health professions

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Whether you are interested in a career in human or animal health, K-State is a great place to start the journey toward becoming a healthcare professional. You will have a dedicated health professions advisor who will help you navigate the professional school application process for your chosen healthcare field.


Pre-law  >

Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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