What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography (39 cr) offers comprehensive training in Human Geography (social science), Physical Geography (earth science), Geographic Information Systems, and other analytical and research techniques. Students will be prepared for careers with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses, as well as for graduate studies.

Student Learning Goals

The eight principal goals for SVSUÍs Geography minors are:

  • To understand the synergism between Physical Geography (aspects of the physical Earth) and Human Geography (aspects of human societies).
  • To be conversant with the myriad concentrations in Human Geography (e.g. cultural, regional, historical, political, economic, population, urban, planning, medical) and Physical Geography (e.g. geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, biogeography, paleoecology), and to understand the interactions among these concentrations.
  • To appreciate the relationships Geography has with its cognate disciplines (e.g. History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Geology, Archaeology; Biology, Forestry, Computer Science and Physics).
  • To appreciate the world as a diverse mix of complex social and cultural systems.
  • To understand the theory and application of at least one set of Geospatial Techniques (Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing), including understanding the strengths and shortcomings of its application.
  • To be able to collect and critique literature on a wide range of geographic topics.
  • To be able to acquire, interpret, and manipulate information from a variety of sources (e.g. Census, Satellite Imagery, etc.).
  • To understand how geographers design and conduct research by examining the products of others research and by carrying out their own projects.

Principles of Academic Program Assessment

  • The goal of assessment is to further a culture of student learning at SVSU; assessment measures are employed to help achieve that goal.
  • The emphasis of assessment is on program evaluation to improve student learning.
  • Departments/Programs define their own program goals and determine how they are to be addressed; the Academic Program Assessment Advisory Board facilitates the process.
  • For assessment to be effective, results of assessment activities must be used to further develop programs.
  • Assessment results are used in decisions regarding resource allocations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,599.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 January 2020, 31 August 2020


College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman admission is based on: Your academic performance in high school; Your ACT or SAT results; your leadership, talents, conduct, and extra-curricular activities. We strongly recommend high school students take a rigorous college preparatory curriculum prior to enrolling at SVSU. The primary core includes: 4 years of English; 3 years of mathematics (through second year algebra); 3 years of natural sciences (at least two years of biology, chemistry, or physics); 3 years of social sciences; 2 years of the same foreign language.

For international students

Students must have an Official high school transcript.

English language requirement: TOEFL (iBT) - 61, IELTS - 5.5, PTE - 45, ELS Certificate – 110, Education First – B2

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About this uni

“SVSU’s intimate approach to teaching ensures that students work closely with faculty staff and graduates from around the world”

  • Tuition fees are among the lowest in Michigan
  • Partial scholarships available for international students
  • Over 90 different programs to choose from
  • 95% placement rate for graduates