​​​Program Description

Do you geek GIS, GPS, RS and all things geographic? If so, check out CMU. It’s where you’ll enjoy using powerful tools and geospatial technologies, including Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems and Remote Sensing, to store, analyze, visualize and present spatial information. Combine these tools with map-making techniques and principles, and you’ll become a geographer who uses geospatial technologies to better understand the interaction of various environmental factors.​​

Points of Pride

  • With a 6-foot-long unmanned helicopter equipped with a high-resolution digital camera, CMU geography experts are leading the way in research imaging of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
  • Through CMU's Center for Geographic Information Science, you’ll gain hands-on experience using the latest GIS hardware and software to provide geospatial research tools for solving academic, governmental and industrial problems.
  • The geography department offers small classes, field trips and opportunities to work in close collaboration with faculty on research projects. You’ll also gain professional development, resources and contacts through student organizations such as the Geography Club.

Put Your Degree to Work

The federal government employs about half of all geographers. Many geographers do fieldwork, which may include travel to foreign countries or remote locations. Employment of geographers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing use of geographic technologies and data will drive the growth.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Geographer$74,760 per year29% (500 more jobs)
Surveyor/mapping technician$39,670 per year14% (7,300 more jobs)
Urban/regional planner$65,230 per year10% (4,000 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Geography website or contact:

Department of Geography
Dow Science Complex 279
Email: david.patton@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3323

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Geography Major: Geospatial Analysis of Environment Concentration

Advisors: Becker, Feig, Francek, Tian, Zheng This concentration approaches the study of natural and human-induced environmental processes through applications of geospatial techniques. It prepares students for positions that utilize geospatial technology in environmental analysis.
Total: 39-40 semester hours
Required Courses I
(12 hours)
Core Courses
GEO 105
Physical Geography
3
GEO 120QR
Environmental Geography
3
GEO 121
Cultures of the World
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
Required Courses I
(12 hours)
GEO 210
Landforms
3
GEO 303
Geographic Information Systems
3
GEO 305
Remote Sensing of the Environment
3
GEO 334/BIO 334
Soil Science
3
Required Course II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 340
Ecology
3
GEO 335
Biogeography
3
Required Course III
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following:
GEO 201
Weather and Climate
4
Required Course IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
GEL 380WI
Hydrogeology
3
GEO 310
Surface Hydrology
3
Electives
(6 hours)
It is suggested that electives are selected from Geography courses with an emphasis in analytical techniques, including:
Note: Additional courses at the 400-level or above in Geography, Biology, Geology, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Physics, or Chemistry may be selected with the consultation and approval of a Geography advisor.
GEO 331
Land Use Planning
3
GEO 500
Advanced Cartography
3
GEO 503
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
3
GEO 508
Applications of Remote Sensing
3
GEO 512
Quantitative Methods for Spatial Analysis
3
GEO 516
Advanced Remote Sensing Systems
3
GEO 531
Integrated Land Use Planning
3
GEO 553
GIS Operations and Practices
3
GEO 575
Special Studies in Geography
1-6
GEO 591
Internship
1-12
GEO 597
Independent Study
1-9