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Bachelor of Arts

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May 10


The BA in Geography equips students with the skills and knowledge to study spatial patterns and processes that shape our world. Geography is an integrative discipline that straddles the social and physical sciences, which allows students to develop specialist geographical skills, including social survey techniques, ethnography, social statistical sampling methods, computerized social and spatial data analysis, and computer-based mapping of social and environmental phenomena. Geographers use these skills to confront real-world problems including the causes and consequences of climate change, racial and ethnic segregation in cities, conflicts over boundaries and territories, industrial location, and agriculture production and food distribution, to name only a few. Graduates will find employment opportunities in a wide variety of careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Students acquire a global perspective and often develop a regional specialization, becoming experts on world regions such as Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, or the Middle East.

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With your online degree from FIU, you’ll gain fast-track career advantages in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our online curriculum is flexible, current and provides students with a solid foundation in the study of regions of the world.

With FIU Online, you’ll learn from faculty members who work at the cutting edge of research, and have extensive teaching training and experience and use the most up-to-date online teaching methods to deliver their courses.  We’ve designed our online undergraduate degree programs with all the support you need to thrive as a student. With 24/7 access to interactive technology, real-time feedback from faculty and the one-on-one guidance of a dedication success coach, we’re with you every step of the way.

If you want to make that leap into a career in geography, take the first step with an undergraduate degree from FIU Online.

  • Why Apply?

    A degree in geography equips students to understand and solve some of the world's most urgent social and environmental problems. Because geography involves studying and analyzing the patterns and processes that make up our everyday lives, learners who excel in BA in Geography online program have a deep appreciation for research and teaching. Many graduates will continue their education to achieve master’s and doctoral degrees, and secure positions as teachers or professors. Others will secure positions as cartographers, surveyor, or GIS specialists in the private or public sectors. The integrative, broad-based training students receive on the geography degree also prepares graduates for careers in diverse fields such as conservation, sustainable development, urban planning, environmental research, and employment with government agencies.  

    The degree offers students a strong foundation in analytical and critical-thinking skills. Geography students will analyze data and arrive at conclusions to understand social and environmental phenomena such as pandemics, segregation, agriculture, and climate change causes and impacts, to name a few areas. Geographers also work with spatial data in fields such as insurance, planning, emergency management, and environmental management to help organizations make better decisions.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for geographers was $81,540 in May 2019. The states with the highest number of jobs include Maryland, Texas, California, Virginia and Colorado.

  • Courses

    Common Prerequisites (6 credits)

    Two 2000-level GEO-prefix courses. GEO 2000 – Introduction to Geography (offered in GSS) and GEO 2200 – Physical Geography (offered in Earth & Environmental Studies) are recommended. (GEO 2200 can be substituted with an upper-level GEO course with the approval of a GSS Advisor in writing).


    Lower Division (3 credits)

    GEA 2000 – World Regional Geography


    Upper Division Core Courses (12 credits)

    At least one of the following: GEO 3421 - Cultural Geography, GEO 3471 - Political Geography or GEO 3502 Economic Geography


    • GIS 3048 - Applications of Geographic Information Systems

    • SYA 3300 - Research Methods

    • SYA 4011 - Social Theory

    Upper-Division Department Electives (18 credits; 3000-level or higher)

    • Three additional upper division GEO courses ( at least one 4000-level course).

    • One upper division GEA course

    • One upper division Anthropology (ANT) course

    • One upper division Sociology (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP) course

    Other Electives (30 credits)

    A minimum of 18 credits must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

    Option: Please consider applying the upper division major courses (required and elective) to a second major in Anthropology/Sociology, a minor in Anthropology/Sociology, or a certificate program.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.


    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT or ACT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

       Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee
    • Updated official transcripts

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    University Requirements


    • Lower division university core requirements or (for transfer students) general education requirements

    • A minimum of 120 credits hours

    • The final 30 credits must be taken at FIU (with exceptions requiring the approval of the Dean’s office)

    • GPA 2.0 or higher

    Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

    • A minimum of 48 credit hours of upper division courses

    • A grade of “ C ” or higher in each major course

    • *Foreign language: equivalent of a second semester sequence foreign language course or one more advanced (with a minimum grade of C).

  • Tuition and Aid

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

120 Credits Required

$228.81 In-State Tuition Cost

$345.87 Out-of-State Tuition Cost



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