Why Study Geography
Geography is both a natural science (because it deals with the physical environment) and a social science (because it is concerned with the distribution of cultural phenomena). The demand for geographers has grown with the increased concern over our environment. The geographer
is challenged to interpret the constantly changing physical and human landscapes.
If you like to work outdoors, are committed to understanding and improving our environment, and are interested in a holistic understanding of the natural and social sciences, consider studying geography. Our graduates are enthusiastic about research and the ability
to organize and interpret data. They like to share geographic information by teaching, writing, and through research to provide for a sustainable earth. Ship provides hands-on learning opportunities, tools and resources to help undergraduate geography students excel within the
Why Study Geography at Ship
At Ship, a strong internship program and alumni network has been developed to assist majors in the job selection process. This helps students find employment in well-respected positions following graduation. Over the past 20 years we’ve assisted thousands of students
in landing quality internships and jobs in the environmental field.
geography internships include:
- County planning organizations — Franklin County Planning Commission and Tri-County Planning Commission
- Consulting firms — Martin and Martin, Inc., Technologies, Skelly and Loy, and KCI
- National Audubon Society
- State agencies — Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
- Metropolitan Transit Authority, Washington, D.C.
- Topographic Engineering Center, Virginia
- Department of Environmental Protection
- West Penn Power and Allegheny Power Systems
The bachelor of science in education degree programs prepare students for teaching in the middle school, junior high, and senior high levels. Because many elementary and high school programs have added or strengthened geography courses, the demand for good geography teachers
Education majors student teach for one semester during their undergraduate studies. The student teaching placement provides background in teaching geography, earth science, general science, and environmental education.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
he Bachelor's of Science in geography at Ship prepares graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities. Some examples are, consulting firms, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as in higher education. Many employment opportunities are available for
individuals trained in:
- Environmental planning
- Geographic information systems
- Remote sensing
- Computer mapping
The average salary for geographers in PA is $54,000