J. Matthew Shumway, Chair
690-B SWKT, (801) 422-2707
College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences Advisement Center
151 SWKT, (801) 422-3541
All degree programs in the Department of Geography are open enrollment. However, special limitations apply for teaching majors.
Geography offers a variety of programs centered around spatial analysis and tailored, so far as possible, to meet the future needs of individual students. Our modern computer laboratory allows students to gain practical experience with geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, and other programs in planning, urban, travel, and population studies.
Graduates are employed in a wide range of both private and governmental positions. Job titles include geographer; teacher of geography; city or regional planner; cartographer; photo interpreter; commodities and industrial location analyst; intelligence, travel industry, or environmental and GIS specialist; and many others.
Skills in spatial analysis make geography a valuable minor or supporting field for many other disciplines.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
Geography at Brigham Young University focuses on our interdependent world: the spatial relationships between the physical landscape, diverse societies, and current events. The geography major at Brigham Young University nourishes a sense of curiosity about the world around us, a desire to serve our local and global communities, and the skills necessary to solve significant problems that are inherently spatial.
Hundreds of students major in geography to prepare for a professional career or graduate study, or just because of an interest in exploring and understanding the world around them. We emphasize both technical and critical thinking skills, including geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, statistics, data collection, interpretation, and communication using the written and spoken word and visual data display (maps, charts, and graphs).