Geography

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Geography

Geographers solve important local, regional and global problems by using tools of spatial analysis and place-based investigation. The most engaged geographic research involves working directly with people and places grappling with challenges like economic development, inequality, agricultural transition, threats to human and ecological health, and changing place identity — among many others.

The Geography program is designed to help you discover your own interests within the field of geography — whether in place and culture, nature and society, communities and development, or your own individualized concentration.

In classes you explore human and natural environments, use cutting-edge tools to make maps and perform spatial analysis, and produce professional results.

Geography graduates work as environmental educators, cartographers and GIS managers, business analysts, field technicians and managers at environmental consulting firms, planners and program directors for nonprofits and government agencies, Maine guides and tourism operators, as well as in a wide array of other careers.

Recent student projects include:

  • A video documentary of the Farmington street art scene.
  • A photo collage illustrating a student’s investigation of a public art project in Detroit, Michigan.
  • A photographic documentary of skiing at Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington.
  • Participatory mapping of global tourism perceptions performed at Wicked Gelato in downtown Farmington.
  • A bottom-up inventory of sustainability practices in Rangeley, Maine, resulting in a web map and interactive mobile app.
  • A study of Mayan women’s access to birth control in the Guatemalan highlands.
  • An analysis of the impact of a community gardening project at a middle school in Belfast, Maine.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

GEO212S Latin America: Peoples and Environments
GEO214S Asia: Peoples and Environments
GEO200S Geographical Imaginations
GEO219S Geography of Maine
GEO310 International Development
GEO325 Geography of Health and Disease