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Geography is an interdisciplinary area of study that interfaces earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, business, and teaching. Its holistic character requires students to be broadly based and at the same time amenable to choosing specific avenues of concentration. Geographers integrate time, demographics, and space into maps which have both academic and applied values. Geographer’s work in defense, municipal, industrial, environmental, and teaching careers.

The field of geography requires that students be broadly based in three major facets: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cultural geography, and physical geography. These areas form the core of the curriculum. Students may then pursue other areas of concentration such as teaching, social studies, GIS, or the sciences. Geography specialists may focus on general studies for teaching in public schools or colleges, GIS, meteorology, economic geography, urban geography, political geography, historical geography, geomorphology, environmental geography, or biogeography. Geographical knowledge has specific application to urban planning, environmental studies, business, defense, satellite mapping, demographics, history, and economics.

Geography is a core area of study for elementary or high school teachers. Preparation includes meeting the General Studies requirements for the target school plus physical geography with lab and cultural geography.

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