Undergraduate Information

Geography is a great major if you’re looking for an exciting career with excellent job prospects that pay well. Although most people associate geography solely with maps, it is a rich and diverse discipline that focuses on the myriad of spatial interactions that exist on Earth.  Geographers study the interactions of people, places, and the environment.  Our alums work as environmental consultants, location analysts, teachers, GIS specialists, park rangers, navigation experts, and a whole host of other occupations.  If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Geography, or just want learn more, you should acquire the proper application information and arrange to meet an Advisor.

Geography is an interdisciplinary study in social science that qualifies you for a variety of positions that employers value.  See the MAP your FUTURE page for links to our Career Partners and job postings.

Environmental Consultant, Michigan
Public School Teacher
Purchasing/Logistics Manager, New Jersey
Economic Location Analyst
Natural Historian
GIS Analyst, Michigan Real Estate Division
Forestry Technician
Strategic Planning, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Earth Scientist
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Aerial Photo Interpreter
Remote Sensing Specialist, CIA
Cartographer, National Mapping Agency
Surface Water Analyst
Climatologist, Army Topographic Center
Urban Planner
Planning Coordinator, North Carolina
Transportation Modeler
Land Management, Minnesota
Weather forecaster/Meteorologist
Real Estate Agent
Remote Sensing Specialist, Bureau Land Management
GIS Specialist, Western Land Services
Battalion Maintenance Officer, U.S. Army
Computer Mapping Specialist
Air/Water Quality Control Manager
Soil Conservationist
Secondary Education Teacher in Tanzania, Peace Corps.
Systems Librarian, Washington D.C.
Physical Scientist
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Specialist
Public Health Analyst
Land, Community, Industrial, or Tourism Developer

Undergraduate Application Information:

Undergraduate application information may be obtained from Michigan State University’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.


Consultation with the Geography undergraduate advisor is essential. Students are urged to meet with the advisor regularly and frequently to make sure their programs of study will fulfill graduation requirements. Each student is individually responsible for being aware of and for meeting all graduation requirements.

Members of the faculty can also be very helpful in planning your academic program. They are especially knowledgeable about their own areas of specialization and they can provide good advice and suitable suggestions. Get to know your professors. You will find them friendly and accessible. By consulting the Undergraduate Handbook (in process of being updated for 2014-2015), the undergraduate advisor, and the faculty, you should be assured of a successful, enjoyable, and excellent education in geography.

For more information, please contact any of the following:

Ryan Shadbolt
Undergraduate Advisor
Geography Building
673 Auditorium Road, Room 104
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-353-9875
Fax: 517-432-1671


Schedule appointments through Michigan State University’s Advising Appointment System.