What Can I Do With A Major In Geography?
is considered the "mother of all sciences" as its core of study regarding
people and places has led to the development of other scientific fields such as
biology, anthropology, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and chemistry, to name
a few. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth,
why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and
how people interact with the environment. Geographers study the physical earth
by examining the interlocking systems of the natural environment, including
climate, landforms, soils, and biota. Humans are studied by examining those diverse
historical, cultural, social, economic, and political structures and processes
that affect the location and spatial organization of population groups and
their activities. Regions and places, whether described as nations, cities,
ecological units, or landscapes, are studied by integrating and interpreting
their physical and human relations in an effort to better understand them and
the problems that they face.
CCSU Geography Department is concerned with the science of location. Geography students
will learn how to use maps, air photos, computers, and information about places
to understand how people use the land they live on and what makes that land
different from other areas. Geography students are offered courses in which
they learn specific technical skills in computerized information retrieval,
spatial data analysis, cartographic representation, remote sensing, and
geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry level positions.
Geography majors receive a broad-based education that is an appropriate
foundation for further specialized training in academic disciplines which
address environmental and international issues or in related professional
fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management.
Career opportunities include: travel and
tourism; environmental protection; urban, regional & transportation
planning; site selection; map making; air photo interpretation; computer
cartography; and geographic information systems (GIS). Geographers are also often
found working in business, industry, government, and education.
Visit CCSU’s Geography Department webpage here.
Sample of Related Occupations
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Association for the
Advancement of Science
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
The American Geographical
American Meteorological Society
American Planning Association
American Society for Photogrammetry &
Association of American Geographers
Connecticut Geographic Alliance
The Ecology Global Network
The Guide to Geographic Information Systems
National Council for Geographic Education
Natural Environment Research Council
North American Cartographic
Royal Geographic Society
United Nations System-Wide
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S Department of the Interior: Bureau
of Land Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
Internships, Co-ops and Employment
Geography majors may find
experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your
skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op
placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate
for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and
job titles shows opportunitites where the employer was specifically looking for geography majors.
This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation
and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings,
please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and
co-op database, on the CACE website here.
American Medical Response - GIS Administrator
Central Area Health Education Center - A.H.E.C. Summer Institute Instructor
Clean Water Action - Global Warming and Clean Energy Internship
Connecticut Voices for Children - Policy Fellowship
Enterprise Holdings - Management Trainee Internship
State of Connecticut Office of Policy & Management - Legislative Internship, Energy Internship, Policy & Planning Internship