Geography bridges the natural and the social sciences. It plays an important role today because many of the world’s problems require understanding of the interdependence between human activities and the environments, both natural and cultural, in which these activities are carried out. Geography is an attractive major for students, because its theories and methods provide analytical techniques applicable to a wide range of questions asked over a broad spectrum of occupations. For students planning to end their formal education with the bachelor’s degree, a geography major provides marketable skills and the broad perspectives on environment and society that enable graduates to move beyond entry-level positions. For similar reasons, geography provides a sound foundation for students who plan to enter graduate work in a variety of fields, such as geography, business, land use planning, law, and medicine.
In addition to the basic geography major, the Department of Geography at Ohio University offers several specialized curricula: environmental geography, environmental prelaw, geographic information science, meteorology, and urban planning. Students also may earn a minor in geography or in meteorology, or a certificate in Geographic Information Science.