Geography : Human-Urban Economic


Why study Geography : Human-Urban Economic?

Geography examines the spatial dimensions of human activities and their interactions with physical landscapes. Geographers use social and physical sciences to study the way people interact with each other and their environment.

Geography is hugely important today in making sense of big data through maps and other interactive media. At UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, geography students use geospatial technology such as satellites, and drones to investigate problems facing society. At UC, your research will help people make the most informed decisions about urban planning, environmental science or industry.

UC is recognized nationally as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation. Here, your research matters. At UC you can follow your interests with study abroad or international fieldwork.

At UC, you learn to think spatially and apply quantitative and qualitative methods to your research. UC geography graduates work in business, government, academia and nonprofit groups. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts geography jobs will grow by 7 percent in the next decade. The job market is especially strong for those with skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with BS, BA, MA and PhD degrees.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Students are successful when they have an interest in learning about and understanding (1) world events, (2) local events within cities, (3) the urban, global, economic and political processes underlying world and local events, (4) human impact on the physical environment and (5) when they have the skills necessary to process, display and analyze geographic information.

Geography provides a good educational background for students interested in a variety of careers in business, various government agencies (federal, state, county, city), nonprofit agencies or as college and university professors. Geography provides strong preparation for professional and graduate schools (law, medicine, business, geography or other physical or social sciences). Employment for students with strong geographic computer skills (GIS) is particularly strong. Examples of geography-related jobs in various areas include:

  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Audubon Society
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of the Census
  • Cartographer
  • Geographic software programming
  • Housing and urban development
  • Market research
  • Sierra Club
  • Teaching
  • Travel industry

Students minoring in geography choose a concentration in one of the following: human geography, urban and economic geography, environmental geography, regional geography or geographic information systems (GIS).

Students must pass all required geography courses with a C or better.

Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Geography majors often engage in study abroad opportunities or international field trips. Some students pursue professional internships arranged on an ad hoc basis.

To graduate from the UC College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the university.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

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Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Application Deadlines

UC operates on a semester system, with three 14-week grading periods beginning in late August, early January, and early May. While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to teh UC College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

401 Braunstein
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0131

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Program Code: 15BAC-GEOG-BA-GEOG-H