Geography B.A.

Geography B.A.
Geography B.A.

Program Overview

What is geography?

If you’re interested in places and curious about the world, geography may be for you. Geography is the study of how and why things vary from place to place around the world. Geographers study the environment, the geography of human activity, and places and all that makes them distinctive. They also study how people interact with their own environment and the natural world. Knowledge of geography is essential for comprehending the contemporary world because many of the defining issues of our times — climate change, globalization, political conflict, international migration, runaway urban growth — are fundamentally geographic in nature.

Why study geography at UNH?

With small class sizes, personalized advising by department faculty and opportunities for independent study, you’ll receive a high degree of individual attention as a geography student here. We emphasize hands-on learning, and our students have interned at places as varied as forest services, global relief organizations and planning commissions. We also encourage study abroad and have had students participate in programs in countries including Chile, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and Vietnam. A geography degree from UNH will prepare you for a variety of careers or professional and graduate degrees.

Potential careers

  • Community activist
  • Demographer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental/social science teacher
  • Geospatial data analysts
  • International aid worker
  • Market research analyst
  • Natural resources manager
  • Urban/regional/transportation planner


Mary D. Stampone

New Hampshire State Climatologist
Earth Sciences Affiliate Faculty
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3136
Office: Geography, Huddleston Hall Rm 102A, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The geography major provides undergraduates with a solid foundation in geography by uniting social and biophysical sciences, humanities and technology to examine the factors that make a place or environment unique. Connecting academic inquiry to real-world problem solving, you will develop critical thinking skills and be prepared to transfer classroom and field experience into a wide range of careers. 

With interests ranging from globalization to climate change and sustainability, urbanization to community development at home and abroad, UNH geography graduates have gone on to careers in urban, regional, and transportation planning, community development, environmental conservation and natural resources management, sustainability science, geographic information science, market research, locational analysis, population studies, foreign aid, international diplomacy, and education. 

To earn a bachelor of arts in geography, students must complete 10 geography courses with a minimum grade of C-minus:

Select five core courses
Select four courses in one of three areas of concentration
Select one elective course

Students must select an area of concentration within six months of declaring geography as their major.

Core Courses

All geography majors must complete five core courses:

GEOG 401Regional Geography of the Western World4
GEOG 402Regional Geography of the Non-Western World4
GEOG 572Geography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 581Human Geography4
GEOG/NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
Total Credits20

The core courses are intended to provide students a basic understanding of human, physical, and world regional geography, plus geographic information systems. They should be taken as early as possible in a student's program because they provide a foundation for more advanced coursework.

Students are encouraged to complete GEOG 595 Statistics for Spatial Science, or another statistics course approved by their adviser, before enrolling in GEOG 658 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

Human Geography Concentration

Intended for students most interested in the geography of human activity, including population, urban, cultural, political, and economic geography.

Select three of the following, including one course at the 600-level or above:12
GEOG 582
Global Trade and Local Development
GEOG 584
Political Geography
GEOG 673
Political Ecology
GEOG 685
Geography of Population and Development
GEOG 686
World Economy and Globalization
Select one of the following regional geography courses:4
GEOG #514
Geography of the United States and Canada
GEOG #520
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
GEOG 530
Geography of China
GEOG 540
Geography of the Middle East
GEOG 550
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Total Credits16

Environmental Geography Concentration

Intended for students most interested in the geography of the natural environment, including weather, climate, landforms, biogeography, and human-environment interactions.

GEOG 595Statistics for Spatial Science 14
Select three of the following, including one course at the 600-level or above:12
GEOG 405
Human-Environment Geography
GEOG 473
Elements of Weather
GEOG 560
Geography of Natural Hazards
GEOG #573
GEOG 574
Geography of Landforms
GEOG 670
Climate and Society
GEOG 671
Weather Forecasting
GEOG 673
Political Ecology
Total Credits16

Geotechniques Concentration

Intended for students most interested in geographic information systems, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and other geographic techniques.

GEOG 595Statistics for Spatial Science 14
Select three of the following:12
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 590
Field Research
Digital Image Processing for Natural Resources
Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources
Total Credits16

Elective Requirement

One Elective Course numbered 400 to 799 14

Additional Requirements

Students must pass a comprehensive examination in their senior year to fulfill the Discovery capstone requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0. Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

The University's foreign language requirement can be fulfilled by the following languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Latin, or Greek. Other languages will be considered by petition.

Geography majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements, excluding GEOG 401, GEOG 402, GEOG 572, and GEOG 581.