Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Geography is a unique discipline that brings together the social and natural sciences by studying humanity and the way it interacts with the physical features of the earth. If you think working with maps, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping resources like Google Earth might be interesting, then you may want to study Geography & Environmental Sustainability.

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UTSA’s Geography & Environmental Sustainability Program

UTSA’s Geography & Environmental Sustainability degree will introduce you to modern academic geography and help you get involved in the local, regional and international community. You’ll learn about the physics of climate change, the interaction of weather events and flood risk, and the way people’s behavior is influenced by the space around them. You can also choose a concentration in Social Studies. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor.

This program will prepare you for a career as a geographer, where you’ll work to transform maps from a two-dimensional representation of a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes to reveal not just where people live, but how they live and what they think.

Careers in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Top job titles for Geography and Environmental Sustainability graduates include:

• Geographer/GIS Specialist
• Software Developer
• Transportation Planner
• Project Manager
• Higher Education
• Systems Analyst
• Event Planner
• Environmental Scientist

Geography and Environmental Sustainability and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Geography and Environmental Sustainability-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Geography and Environmental Sustainability Graduates

Geography and Environmental Sustainability is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Geography and Environmental Sustainability-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Government
• Architectural and Engineering Related Services
• Merchant Wholesalers
• Higher Education
• Employment Services
• National Security
• Management Consulting Services

Salaries for Geography and Environmental Sustainability Graduates

The salary range for open Geography and Environmental Sustainability-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $41,198
median $58,353
top 10% $92,989

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Geography and Environmental Sustainability Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Geography and Environmental Sustainability graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Geography and Environmental Sustainability may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are detail oriented

Scholarships Offered:

  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas Inc. Annual Scholarship in Liberal Arts
    • Students must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a major or concentration in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. *Preference will be given to students with a major in geography
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 

Student Life

UTSA’s Geography & Environmental Sustainability degree will introduce you to modern academic geography and help you get involved in the local, regional and international community. You’ll learn about the physics of climate change, the interaction of weather events and flood risk, and the way people’s behavior is influenced by the space around them. You can also choose a concentration in Social Studies.This program will prepare you for a career as a geographer, where you’ll work to transform maps from a two-dimensional representation of a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes to reveal not just where people live, but how they live and what they think. Students studying Geography and Environmental Sustainability may consider becoming involved in:

  • The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Graduate Student Chapter
  • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists UTSA Student Chapter
  • The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists: Student Chapter
  • The Green Society
  • Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute
  • Global Brigades
  • Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute

Student Spotlight

Jeé Willis ’19

Geography & Environmental Sustainability Major

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