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Science, Sustainability, and Environment

Geography and Sustainable Development

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
Sustainability Farm and Solar Powered Barn

Understand Earth’s Challenges

Geography integrates social and environmental sciences to engage people and places, using geospatial analysis to understand the world. Sustainable development addresses challenges like inequality, urbanization, and climate change. In this major, you’ll develop the specialized skills to map a better future for people, prosperity, and the planet.

Contact Info

Susan Jakubowski, Ph.D.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of Geography

118B Shideler Hall

250 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Students in the Geography and Sustainable Development major take classes that provide foundational knowledge of geography and sustainable development, analytical techniques, global perspectives, and courses concentrated on areas of student interests and professional applications.

  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
  • GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues
  • GEO 121 Earth’s Physical Environment
  • GEO 122 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment
  • GEO 211 Global Sustainable Futures

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Career Options

Students apply their learning in purposeful and productive careers, and find their skills in high demand. Many Miami graduates work in public service or non-profits, but also in private-sector consulting or corporations. Combining broad liberal arts learning and specialized skills, the major prepares students for diverse career opportunities or post-graduate programs

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 7% job growth rate for geographers in 2016-2026

    Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Jessica Doty
  • Being exposed to a variety of perspectives as a Geography and Sustainable Development major helps Jessica excel in her current role as an environmental scientist who frequently performs field work, surveys, and land analyses.

    Jessica Doty '15
    Environmental Scientist, Tetra Tech

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