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Department of Geography
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Mike Garrett (Chair, on sabbatical Fall 2004-Spring 2005), Dr. Satish Davgun (Interim Chair, Fall 2004-Spring 2005;, Dr. Mark Lawrence, Dr. Charles Parson

Areas of Study

Geography is the study of phenomena and events on the earth's surface, including the activities of human beings. Technical skills in aerial photography, mapping, computer applications, survey research, and writing are the geographer's tools.

All terrestrial activities are subject to geographic analysis. Students in the program learn specific geographic techniques and their application on regional, national, and global levels. Studies in the field, and in effective communication and higher level problem-solving, further prepare students for immediate employment in entry level jobs and for graduate study.

Language study and a strong minor (such as computer science, applied public policy, international studies, space science, biology) enhance employment options for students with bachelor's degrees. Graduate study broadens employment opportunities.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Social Studies
Speech Communication

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Air Photo Interpreter
Digital Mapper
Geographic Consultant
Land Use/Recreation Planner
Market Analyst
Park Ranger/Planner
Park/Recreation Planner
Urban/Regional Planner
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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