The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Texas State boasts the largest undergraduate geography program in the United States. The National Council for Geographic Education has honored many of our faculty with the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award - the most renowned teaching award in the field. In addition to the traditional coursework, Texas State's Geography Internship Program provides students with supervised, real-world work experiences directly related to their academic studies and career goals.
Texas State Geography offers field classes and study abroad programs in the Big Bend National Park, the southwestern United States, Europe, and Cuba, where students gain valuable firsthand geographical knowledge while receiving academic credit. For a list of current study abroad opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad Office website. Finally, Texas State Geography hosts numerous guest lecturers and symposia throughout the year and each spring brings together geography students - past and present - at two annual events: the Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration at the end of April/early May, and the Texas Geography Students Research Symposium, usually held the week before the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers.
Geographers have a remarkable variety of careers from which to choose. Texas State Geography students receive education and training in areas of geography, including water resource management, meteorology, hazard mitigation, resource assessment, environmental management, demography, land use policy, management and conservation, transportation planning, river basin management and urban planning, and urban and economic geography. The department also hosts and administers a minor in geology.
Texas State Geography also provides students with valuable skills using the cutting-edge technologies of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing and digital terrain modeling along with cartography (map-making) and quantitative methods (statistics).
Please visit our geography careers resources page for more information.