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Geography, B.A., B.S.

Geographers are leaders in exciting new research on all types of land use and the environment, including climate change, urban planning, and local and global environmental changes. The program offers students 21st century skillsets for helping to solve complex environmental, economic, and social problems such as food and water security, sustainable economic growth and transportation, environmental justice, and climate change adaptations.

Michigan Job Growth

Geography opportunities are projected to grow 7% in Michigan by 2025.

National Job Growth

Geography opportunities are projected to grow 7% in the U.S. by 2025.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Research and community engagement opportunities provide hands-on, real-world experience and networking connections.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Majoring in geography provides students with the knowledge and technical skills to find long-term, place-based solutions that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

Both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered. In addition to the general geography degree, there are four distinctive areas of emphasis:

Why Study Geography at Grand Valley?

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Program Details