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Pitt-Johnstown offers the only geography degree program within the University of Pittsburgh system!

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.

Geography courses address topics that range from urban restructuring, energy consumption and population dynamics to resource scarcity, climate change and natural hazards. Regional courses emphasize Africa, Europe, Russia and the Eurasian States, and United States. Methods courses emphasize map design and spatial analysis.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technological field that uses geographically referenced data to create maps and analyze real-world situations. GIS is computer-based mapping, which involves organizing and symbolizing data to create thematic maps. In its more complex applications, GIS is used to model aspects of the real world, to ask and resolve “what if?” questions that have a spatial dimension. The certificate requires 18 credits.

Geography Department:
110A Krebs Hall
William Kory, PhD, Department Head
814-269-2994  |