Bachelor's Degree Program

Study geography in one of the most exciting natural laboratories on Earth. As a geography major at UAF, you’ll have opportunities for field-based learning and undergraduate research that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Geography is a broad major that gives you the opportunity to explore issues such as climate change, resource development, energy use and conservation, geopolitics and sustainable development. At UAF, you’ll also get to work with top researchers in facilities that include our world-renowned Geophysical Institute.

Our program is well known by employers throughout the region, and our graduates are highly sought after for their specialized skills and hands-on training.

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Why Study Geography at UAF?

Studying geography in the heart of Alaska offers experiences you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. These are some of the unique opportunities you will benefit from when you major in geography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Study geography in the natural laboratory of Alaska

Engage in diverse undergraduate research experiences

Take part in unique field-based learning opportunities

  • UAF offers more opportunities for undergraduate research than many larger universities and access to unique research initiatives, including in our International Arctic Research Center. Collaborate with professors who have appointments with major research institutes. Study in the natural laboratory of Alaska and investigate firsthand the effects of climate change.

Learn using state-of-the-art facilities

Specialize your geography degree in an area that interests you

Work one-on-one with world-renowned researchers

Our faculty include award-winning teachers and world experts in permafrost research, glaciology, seismology, volcanology and remote sensing, among others. Small classes allow you the opportunity to engage directly in classroom discussions and to get to know your professors and peers. Learn more about the classroom experience as a geography major at UAF.


What Can You Do With a Degree in Geography?

Graduates of the bachelor’s in geography degree find work in such fields as geospatial sciences (GIS/remote sensing/cartography), regional planning, international relations, state and federal resource management, transportation planning, environmental impact assessment, tourism and teaching. Many of our students also go on to graduate study in geography, natural resources, environmental science or planning.

Jobs for geography majors

Careers in geography include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • K-12 teacher
  • Cartographer
  • Town planner
  • GIS analyst

Geography salary

According to recent data from, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in geography earn an average of $60,000 per year.



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