Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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How can I learn more?

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a geography degree program?

Geography is the examination of the complex relationships between humans and their environments and the spatial dimensions of our world’s most pressing challenges. Within the undergraduate program, students have the option to pursue one of four specializations or a general bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in geography tailored to their interests.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in geography are trained to:

  • Analyze the complex and shifting relationships between people and places
  • Hone graphical, observational and analytical skills 
  • Apply geography knowledge skills to solve complex problems
  • Collect, analyze and present data using geographic information systems (GIS) or other tools or techniques
  • Develop a holistic view of environmental and social processes
  • Pursue interests in urban and/or environmental change

Hands-on learning

Students in the geography program are provided with an extraordinary learning experience that goes beyond the classroom. Coursework provides students with valuable time spent in the field while dedicated faculty use their expertise to tailor students' educations to their interests.

Specializations in the geography program

What it means to earn a Mackay degree

This degree is awarded by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Find out what Mackay's rich history, strong connection to industry and dedication to student internship and career support can do for you.

Learn more about the Mackay School
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Careers with a degree in geography

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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