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Geo-Ed Policy

Why Geography Is Important

From crisis mapping to city planning, geographers provide critical insight and skills that are valued by employers and public sector policy-makers.


  • contribute to making choices about the best locations for businesses and services.
  • manage natural resources including water, minerals, and natural gas.
  • understand patterns of energy production and consumption.
  • address human and natural threats to American safety and security.

Having dedicated K-12 geography courses sets the foundation for students to acquire the skills and abilities to use maps, imagery, and geospatial technologies to investigate significant spatial and environmental issues.

For more information also watch Geospatial Revolution and visit the Grosvenor Center for Why Geography Is Important booklets.

Without geography, you're nowhere!

Texas HS Geography Course Options (PDF, 639 KB)
This document is an overview of high school geography course options in Texas.

State Board Of Education

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