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What is Geography?

Geography is a discipline that integrates the environmental and social sciences. Geography studies location, places, regions, human-environment interactions, and movement. Its tools include cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). On the job, Geography graduates address social, physical, and environmental problems from the global to the local scale.


What can I do with a Geography Degree?

Our graduates are represented in federal agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Park Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior; in state and local government like Cambria County Planning Commission, Ohio Department of Transportation, South Carolina Water Resources Commission, Council of Pennsylvania Boroughs, and Philadelphia Planning Commission; non-profits like the West Penn Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, and AFL/CIO; and private sector companies like Intergraph Corp., Kimball and Associates, National Bank of Detroit , Mobil Oil, Blue Shield, Hoechst Pharmaceuticals, and Sovran Bank. As you can see, a degree in geography opens up a world of possibilities!

 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Geography Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is to provide a curriculum which is balanced and representative of the discipline of geography and in doing so, provide for both the geographic educational needs of the greater student body and the applied, career-oriented preparation of the geography majors.

What kinds of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Geography courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Geography course descriptions, click here.


Energy, Environment, and Society 

An examination of society's production and consumption of energy, and how it is affected by the distribution of energy resources and other social, political, and economic factors. Special consideration is given to the spatial organization of the energy system and its impact on the landscape, current energy uses, and sustainable energy futures.


Geographic Information Systems

Explores the use of computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatially referenced data to solve problems of accessibility, optimal routes, site selection and land-use planning, market area analysis, and spatial modeling for raster and vector GIS. GIS software is used in all lab exercises.


Natural Hazards 

An examination of the threatening forces of nature, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, severe weather, droughts, and floods and how people enhance and respond to hazards.


Johnstown Area Study 

This seminar affords participants the opportunity to devise, implement, analyze, and write up an actual research project, drawing on data from the Johnstown area. The substantive topic varies from year to year; whatever the topical focus, considerable attention is paid to the practical aspects of conducting research.


Geography Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Geography Program, and the world of Geography as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Geography Department Homepage

 Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Pitt-Johnstown Geography Club

Association of American Geographers

Contact Our Geography Faculty

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012