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Bachelor’s Degrees in Geography & Cartography

4,690 Yearly Graduations
$32,500 Median Salary
$22,418 Median Debt
There are 291 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in geography. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 26% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.1% of geography graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Geography Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,690 earned their bachelor's degree in geography. This makes it the 81st most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in geography at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 4,690
Master’s Degree 1,192
Basic Certificate 1,050
Graduate Certificate 827
Associate’s Degree 339
Undergraduate Certificate 295
Doctor’s Degree 280

Earnings of Geography Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in geography is $32,500. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $28,850 and the high is $35,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in geography is $22,418. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $25,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,682.

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The median monthly payment of a geography graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $232.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in geography. About 60.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,854
Women 1,836
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Geography

The racial-ethnic distribution of geography bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 265
Black or African American 155
Hispanic or Latino 563
White 3,165
International Students 192
Other Races/Ethnicities 350
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Geography Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 291 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in geography. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
138 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for geography students seekinga bachelor's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Each year, around 44,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The geography program at University of California - Los Angeles awarded 138 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

118 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

The geography program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus awarded 118 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 35% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

86 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 86 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Ohio State. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 29% were women.

77 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from UT Austin. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#5

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
76 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Santa Barbara. Roughly 26,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at UCSB. About 50% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
71 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Each year, around 68,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The geography program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 71 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 37% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
70 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

James Madison University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Roughly 21,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,848 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at JMU. Of these students, 39% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
69 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from UMCP. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#9

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
66 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Texas State University. Roughly 38,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,052 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,751 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from Texas State. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 29% were women.

#10

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
63 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Each year, around 45,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

The geography program at Arizona State University - Skysong awarded 63 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
63 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The geography program at California State University - Long Beach awarded 63 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
54 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from UW - Madison. Of these students, 30% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

54 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Each year, around 34,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,290 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from BYU. Of these students, 50% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
54 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Binghamton University. Each year, around 18,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Binghamton University. About 33% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
53 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Each year, around 12,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,284 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 people received their bachelor's degree in geography from UCCS. Of these students, 47% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
51 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Boulder comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,826 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 51 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at CU - Boulder. About 47% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
51 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Tech comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

The geography program at Virginia Tech awarded 51 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 37% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
50 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oregon comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

The geography program at University of Oregon awarded 50 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 42% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
48 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in geography. Roughly 31,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Sac State. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 21% were women.

48 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio University - Athens Campus comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in geography. Each year, around 27,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 bachelor's degrees were handed out to geography majors at OHIO Athens. About 54% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to geography that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
Sociology 29,920
International Relations & Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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