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What are the general requirements?

When you major in geography, you will study a science concerned with the spatial dimensions of human societies and earth’s environment, a discipline which is increasingly critical to understanding the complexities of global change. Learn about the contributions and unique insights geographers make about past, present and future issues involving natural resources, culture, economics and politics. Use state-of-the-art technologies such as spatial modeling, geovisualization, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing.

  • You will begin your program with introductory physical and human courses.
  • You will then move to courses dealing with environmental issues, world regions, and techniques of acquiring, mapping and displaying geographic data.
  • Finally, an undergraduate seminar which covers historical and philosophical aspects of geography, as well as practical matters such as jobs and graduate schools, completes the mandatory courses.



What can I do beyond the classroom?

We know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences, such as:

  • Study abroad - learn about sustainability, environment and society in a different region.
  • Internships - such as with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources in GIS to get a hands-on feel for what this education can do for you.
  • Research - such as the climate change implications for Nebraska.
  • Volunteering - at a place such as the Great Plains Art Museum to meet other professionals in the field and simultaneously build your resume.
  • Get Involved - Stay up to date with scholarships, events, and other opportunities within the Geography program at UNL by following the UNL Geography Student Organization Facebook page and the UNL Geography Twitter account. 



How will the geography program at Nebraska prepare me?

This Geography program will prepare you for careers in:

  • Government agencies, foreign service, land management, tourism, health care delivery systems, environmental assessment, transportation development, land use planning, air trafc control, GIS and cartographic analysis, environmental mapping, geographic information systems and planning.
  • You will also be prepared for graduate-level degrees in geography, law (especially environmental law), international business, urban and regional planning and teaching at all levels.

Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Agricultural Statistician / USDA NASS
  • Archeological Technician / Midwest Archaeological Center National Park Service
  • Geographer, United States CE / Engineer Research Development
  • Geospatial Technician / TERRA2 Geospatial Consultants
  • GIS Technician / GIS Workshop
  • Intelligence Analyst / BAE Systems
  • Peace Corps Volunteer / Peace Corps
  • Professor and Researcher / University of Wisconsin

Undergraduate Advisor

Olivia Miller
818 Oldfather Hall

How to Apply

Let curiosity move you to start your story at the College of Arts & Sciences. With over 30 majors in the college alone, specialized programs of study to match any interest area, the opportunity for hands-on experience through our nationally-acclaimed undergraduate research program, and a campus located at the heart of an innovative college city community of over 250,000 people, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the ideal Big Ten collegiate experience for students at an affordable cost.

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