The Department of Geography at Texas State boasts the largest undergraduate geography program in the United States. The Journal of Geography, the Association of American Geographers, and a National Program Effectiveness Survey have recognized our geography program as among the best in the nation. The National Council for Geographic Education has honored many of our faculty with the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award - the most renowned teaching award in the field. In addition to the traditional coursework, Texas State's Geography Internship Program provides students with supervised, real-world work experiences directly related to their academic studies and career goals.
Texas State Geography also offers highly acclaimed field experiences in places such as Big Bend National Park, the southwestern United States, Europe and Mexico, where students gain valuable firsthand geographical knowledge while receiving academic credit. Finally, Texas State Geography hosts numerous guest lecturers and symposia throughout the year and brings together geography students - past and present - at our annual Geography Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration each April.
Geographers have a remarkable variety of careers from which to choose. Texas State Geography students receive education and training in areas such as water resource management, business and industrial site location, meteorology, hazard mitigation, resource assessment, environmental management, health services planning, solid waste management, air pollution control, demography, land use policy, management and conservation, transportation planning, river basin management and urban planning. Texas State Geography also provides students with valuable skills using the cutting-edge technologies of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing and digital terrain modeling along with cartography (map-making) and quantitative methods (statistics).