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Geographers study the physical properties of the earth's surface and the distribution of life on earth, including humans and the effects of human activity. Students may focus on world regions and cultures, urban planning, or interaction between people and the environment. Students learn to analyze data, use cartographic and geographic information systems, and work in the field and in remote-sensing laboratories. Internships are integral to the major. Course credit and on-the-job experience can be earned in Tucson's top private-sector firms and government agencies. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
General Math Strand 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
GEOG Methods 3
GEOG Human (Introduction) 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
General Elective 3
4th Semester
GEOG Methods 3
GEOG Non-United States Regional 3
GEOG Physical (Core) 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
GEOG Elective 3
GEOG Elective 3
GEOG Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
GEOG Elective 3
GEOG Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
7th Semester
GEOG Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
8th Semester
GEOG Capstone 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a BA in Geography of human and physical geography, research methods, and international (non-U.S.) geography, combined with a concentration in environmental issues, social and cultural geography, international development, or a concentration of the student’s own design, provides a strong and versatile career foundation. Graduates might work in education, research, advocacy, or international development. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in geography, landscape architecture, arid lands resource science, public health, or environmental law. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Education
  • Research
  • International development
  • Program management
  • Communications
  • Conservation
  • Outreach
  • Policy analysis

Sample Employers

  • Research institutes
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Science museums
  • Development firms
  • Park and forest services

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Community Development Associate $25,000 - $40,000
Sustainability Specialist $33,800 - $62,400
Policy Analyst $39,000 - $108,000
Public Information Officer $30,600 - $52,100
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $50,000
National Park Service Employee $27,431 - $33,979
GIS Technician $41,700 - $79,200
Science Writer $19,000 - $98,000
Field Education Coordinator $30,000 - $50,000
Environmental Campaign Staff Worker $20,000 - $50,000
Environmental Health and Safety Officer $31,610 - $94,460
High School Science Teacher $35,000 - $53,200