Information for Current Students

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Emphasis

One of the fastest growing areas in geography is the use of geographic information sciences (GIS) to generate maps and store map-related information. GIS is a system of computer hardware and software that stores, displays, analyzes, and maps geographic information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, market analysts, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems.

Global and Area Studies Emphasis

The Global and Area Studies Emphasis is ideal for students interested in globalization and its impacts on environments, cultures and economies. Geographers work in careers including community development, resource management, travel and tourism planning, natural hazard management, area specialist, and international business representative.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

The Geography Secondary Teaching program participates in the preparation of teachers by offering a bachelor's degree in geography that meets all requirements for licensure for teaching social studies at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Upon successful completion of this program and the requirements of the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP), students will qualify to be licensed to teach social studies. Students choosing this major will be observed by experienced geography faculty when student teaching.

Students interested in teaching geography at the elementary level should enroll in the Elementary Education Bachelor's program and select the Social Studies track.

Minors in Geography & GIS

Geography Minor

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Minor

Geography Education Graduate Certificate Program

Also known as ProGeographer, this is a graduate certificate program offered yearly. This is a special program of professional development for secondary geography teachers.

This program can be completed without interrupting a teaching career by offering three online courses during the fall and spring, followed by a special field course in western Colorado during the summer. The result is a Graduate Certificate in Geography Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

GISci Certificate Program

This graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Science (GISci) will develop and improve your technical skills and proficiency in geospatial technology and immediately prepare you for the workplace. All courses will focus on applying the skills to independent projects and implementing best practices in geospatial technology.

The Geospatial Technology field is considered a high growth industry by the United States Department of Labor. The Department of Labor’s High Growth Profile report states the market for geospatial technology is “growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.”