Geography at SIUE
Geography is a natural and social science examining the relationships between people and the natural environment. The breadth of geographic inquiry in the Department of Geography accommodates students who have broad interests and goals. The master’s program in geographical studies within the College of Arts and Sciences is designed to provide students with a foundation in geography as well as specialization within one or more of geography’s sub-disciplines.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Science in Geography
- Master of Science in Integrative Studies - Cultural Heritage and Resources Management
Professional Development SequenceGeographic Information Systems (GIS)
A variety of career opportunities await graduates with a degree in geography from SIUE. We offer the only geography program in the St. Louis metropolitan area and as such, our graduates are in demand for positions in the region’s growing geo-spatial workforce. Our graduates have earned positions as park rangers, urban planners, retail location analysts, resource managers, climate scientists and geospatial analysts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts faster than average employment growth through 2020 in geography-related fields. Careers for geographers are expected to grow at a rate of 35 percent; surveyors can expect 25 percent growth; cartographers and photogrammatrists 22 percent growth; and geoscientists 21 percent growth, respectively. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth for geographers will be fastest in the professional, scientific and technical services industry. In 2012, the median salary for geographers was $74,760.