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What is geography?

Geography allows you to explore the world in new ways, giving you greater understanding of the field's physical and theoretical layers. From mapping to historical preservation to forestry, geography offers something for everyone.

Why geography at OSU?

Studying geography at OSU prepares you for a complex and constantly changing future as you gain an understanding of our global society through traditional topics such as political, urban and economic geography. Courses on unique topics such as geography of sport, outdoor recreation, and global environmental change provide you with the skills and tools to succeed in your career.

Career Paths

Geography is an especially attractive major for liberal arts students. Its body of theory and methodologies provide analytic techniques that are applicable to a wide-range of occupations. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:


3+3Law option for early admission

and the opportunity to complete your undergraduate and law degree in six years instead of seven


  • Center for the Application of Remote Sensing provides research and instructional support to the Department of Geography and OSU campus in the areas of remote sensing and geographic information systems.
  • Donald Hecock Memorial Library, Joe D. Drummond Map Library and OSU Cartography Services are a few of the labs and facilities in the department.

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