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The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography focuses on our interdependent world and our fragile habitat. The major nourishes a sense of responsibility and provides tools for the solution of environmental, regional, and international problems. The program provides a depth of study to ensure the satisfaction of having mastered a discipline. Students have the opportunity to focus on one of the major areas of study, or tracks, within the department, and to master methods and techniques which can provide the foundation for a successful career.

The Department of Geography and the Environment is proud of the special opportunities it offers majors for study abroad, internships, and honors programs. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary opportunities such as the Bridging Disciplines Programs, and to pursue undergraduate research.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a Geography major must first meet with a Geography advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Geography degree plan to see all required courses for the Geography major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Geography course descriptions.


Study Tracks in Geography:


For more than sixty years the Department of Geography and the Environment has provided multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, analyze diverse cultural landscapes, and solve problems related to local and global change.

A small sample of directly related careers

Urban Planner
Community Development
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Atmospheric Scientist
Transportation Management
Environmental Management
Emergency Management

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.