EGGS students map out their travels for the day during their field school in the desert

Geography and Planning (B.S.)

If you say you are a geographer, most people have no idea what you do. There is a reason: “geography” is almost never a job title. Instead, it is a discipline and skill set that is used by a wide range of careers, all of which have one thing in common – the ability to spatially organize and analyze information.

Program Contact
Chair of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, Professor of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
Secretary of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
illustration of Carver Hall

What geographers do

Graduates with a degree in geography have a wide range of career options, from Fish and Game warden to urban planner to CIA analyst. Many graduates work for local conservation districts, coordinate regional emergency management programs, or consult — perhaps with architectural firms or community developers. If a map is needed for a job, it is likely that someone with a degree in geography is involved.

An entire branch of geography is concerned specifically with cartography (maps), remote sensing (satellite imagery), and geographic information systems (computer-aided mapping, or GIS). Our majors learn these important skills in state-of-the art computer laboratories, and as a result, are often sought after.

Internships give you the edge

All of our students cap their experience at Bloomsburg with a full-time summer internship. This is the time they explore potential careers, make contacts with a community of professionals, and gain valuable experience for the resume. Our program has an excellent reputation in the Mid-Atlantic region and we have alumni in positions all over the state and beyond.

Examples of recent internships include the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area, York County Conservation District, Bucks County Planning Commission, Covanta Energy Corporation, Rickett’s Glen State Park, and Columbia County GIS. If you have a particular area of interest, we will help you find that internship.

Courses and Curriculum

The Husky Difference

19%
Job Growth Projected
Cartographers and GIS specialists have explosive growth projected, and geographers are well in demand with 7% projected growth. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Geographers Career

Geography students’ data mining helps with Florida forest conservation

Data mining helps with Florida forest conservation

A remote sensing geography class from Bloomsburg University played a key role in the conservation of a 14-acre southern Florida forest home to protected wildlife that’s been fending off urban and commercial development for the past 60 years.

GIS students develop orienteering course for upper campus

GIS students develop orienteering course

ROTC cadet Nicholas Correll had an idea one day while sitting in his geographic information system (GIS) class. Instead of driving 30 minutes for ROTC land navigation trainings, why not just create an orienteering course on upper campus?

Geography Contacts

Michael Shepard

Michael Shepard, Ph.D.

  • Chair of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, Professor of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

  • Secretary of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences

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