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Department of Geography and Political Science
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Satish Davgun (Chair;, Dr. Mark Lawrence, Dr. Jeffrey Ueland

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 remote sensing, mapping, computer applications, GIS, 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
Computer Science
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

Aerial Photo Interpreter
Digital Mapper
Geographic Consultant
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Practitioner
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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