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The Program

When you study Geography at Humboldt State, you're part of something bigger. A community of passionate teachers and students. A time-honored profession. A world of people and problems in need of solutions.

Working in small classes and our state-of-the-art lab, you explore humankind's ever-changing relationship to the environment. Then you use what you know out in the filed, undertaking important research topics that interest you - like global warming, deforestation, ethnic conflict, urban planning and much more - in places that inspire you, from Northern California to Tibet.

But innovative teaching, hands-on learning and unforgettable field study are just a few of the reasons our program stands out. Our professional-minded students also attend regional and national conferences each year, where their projects earn major awards and the respect of their fellow geographers. And we're known far and wide for preparing students for success in graduate school and on the job.

The Program

In our challenging program you'll receive a broad foundation in physical and human geography, plus you can customize your degree by choosing a related minor field of study such as history, economics, scientific diving, journalism, GIS and many more. The program covers a wide variety of interests and provides for individual specialization. The major is designed to offer both structure and flexibility.

Prospective freshman students - View the Major Academic Plan (MAP) to see how you can graduate in four years with a degree in Geography.


Helpful documents and forms for current and prospective Geography students.

Career Possibilities
  • Administrative Management
  • Agricultural Geographer
  • Air Traffic Analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Certified Arborist
  • Climatologist
  • Coastal Commission Director
  • Community Development
  • Community Relations
  • County or City Planner
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Research Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Fire Management
  • Foreign Service
  • Land Use Management Specialist
  • Marketing Area Analyst
  • Outdoor Guide
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps
  • Pilot
  • Policy Analyst
  • Recreational Area Manager
  • Resource Management
  • Spatial GIS Analyst
  • Sustainable Food Management
  • Teacher
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Utility Analyst