Geography BS Degree

Geography Undergraduate Programs

Geography encompasses a wide range of subdisciplines that range from human and cultural issues to landforms and changing landscapes, climate change, and human influences on the planet. The Department of Geography and Geology offers the only baccalaureate degree in geography in Mississippi, and our programs have been rated the best in the state.


There are three main branches of geography: physical, human geography, and geographic information technology. Physical geography uses cutting-edge computer technology to understanding the natural environment. Human geography focuses on how human create, view, manage and influence spaces and how they affect human society. We also offer a B.S. in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Technology (GIT), which is the application of computer technology to solve geographic problems. Students in any major can also earn a certificate in GIT. We have also recently introduced Sustainable Development as an emphasis for the B.S., which is the only such program in the state. The full curriculum for the B.S. is available on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast. Many of our courses are taught online. We also offer both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geography.

To prepare students for careers in such a diverse field, the Department of Geography and Geology offers several degrees and programs. These include:

  • Geography B.S.
  • Geography B.S. (Geographic Information Technology)
  • Geography B.S. (Sustainable Development Emphasis)

The Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi offers the only baccalaureate degree in Geography in Mississippi. The GIT emphasis prepares students for professional employment or graduate study in fields applying computerized methods of geographic data analysis. Majors will emphasize cartography, remote sensing and digital image interpretation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information on these degree plans and suggested semester-by-semester guides, click here.