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Geography, Geographic Information Systems Concentration, BS

The geography major at Ship allows students to build a concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within a flexible major that integrates the physical and social sciences.

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What Will I Learn?

Students gain hands-on experience using state-of-the- art technology, like drones and high-precision GPS receivers, to map and monitor a variety of landscape features. These technologies allow you to build GIS projects that provide powerful map products and analysis tools that support real-world management and decision-making. For example, students with interests in land use planning integrate urban, transportation, and economic geography and address environmental challenges like storm water management and urban air quality. Opportunities for collaborative research experiences and direct interaction with area professionals are enhanced by our excellent internship program, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, and the SU campus farm.

What are the requirements for this degree?

You must complete general education requirements along with core courses and those in other sciences. All students in this program are required to complete an internship experience.


What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Graduates of this program have become county and municipal planning directors,
environmental planners and managers, transportation planners, historic preservation officials, city and township managers, economic and community development program directors, housing specialists and environmental impact analysts, among other job titles, in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Geography alumni
The estimated salary for Geography alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

With several program options, laboratory facilities and partnerships with many of Pennsylvania’s most important organizations, Ship’s geography faculty are experienced in GIS. Expect to receive personalized attention while you learn in small classes.

You can participate in a wide variety of student organizations that are closely connected with curriculum such as Green League, the Campus Farm and Gamma Theta Upsilon, a geography honor society. You are further encouraged to work with faculty on research and service-learning projects.

Contact the Geography & Earth Science Department 104 Shearer Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1685 Fax: (717) 477-4029