Degree Program Overview

Geography is an all-encompassing discipline that involves the interdisciplinary study of places and the relationships between people and their environment from a spatial perspective. As an academic subject, it includes an understanding of both the physical environment and the cultural world of international affairs, economics, population, religion, language, and other human phenomena. Geography also entails the use and application of a host of geospatial technologies as a means to study this subject matter. For an individual curious about the world, and their place in it, few disciplines satisfy that curiosity as much as geography.


At Sam Houston State, geography majors can choose to focus their studies around one of three concentrations:

Human Geography
For students interested in studying population, race & ethnicity, religion, tourism, economics, and urban geography.

Environmental Geography
For students interested in studying physical geography, conservation of natural resources, geomorphology, hydrology, environmental sustainability, and sustainable development.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
For students interested in developing skills with technologies such as remote sensing, GIS, computer cartography, digital image processing, and global positioning systems (GPS).

Students should select a minor that suits their interests and career goals. Suggested minors include, but are not limited to, GSS (geospatial science), geology, economics, sociology, history, international business, military science, political science, and foreign language.

Field Studies

Geography students have the opportunity to participate in field study courses in a variety of locations in order to experience the processes and concepts learned in the classroom. Past locations have included the Mississippi Delta, Hawaii, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, and Ecuador.

Careers in Geography

  • Urban and regional planning/local government
  • GIS analyst/programmer
  • Environmental consulting/emergency management
  • Geoscientist/geo-technician
  • Education/teaching

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Length 120-124 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Geography BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15