Top Schools for Geography and Cartography

Learn about degree programs in geography and cartography, through which students learn how to conduct research and track trends among the physical regions around the world. Review the academic options at four leading universities, and see highlights of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for geographers and cartographers.

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Top schools offering degree programs in geography and cartography include Clark University, the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of California in Santa Barbara. Each of the three universities offers undergraduate and graduate programs in geography, geographic information science or geographic information systems.

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Top Schools for Geography and Cartography Degrees

1. Clark University in Worcester, MA

Clark University is a private institution that ranked as the 86th-best national university in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers an accelerated undergraduate and graduate program in geographic information science that leads to a Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Geographic Information Science. Undergraduate candidates who are majoring in earth system science, environmental science, geography or global environmental studies, among other related fields of study, may be qualified for admission.

Additional degree offerings include a Master of Science (M.S.) in Geographical Information Science for Development and the Environment. Graduate students can also earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography. Overall, the programs emphasize the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and technologies; students also take courses in digital image processing.

2. University of California - Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public university that ranked 25th among the best national universities in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. Unique to the school's faculty are Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

UCLA's Department of Geography offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in geography and geographic information systems and technologies. Within the programs, students investigate the interactions between human beings and their environment, as well as the similarities and differences among the physical environments found around the world. Learners also have the chance to work with geographic information systems (GIS) and develop their computer skills for the gathering and analyzing of geographic data.

3. University of California - Santa Barbara

The University of California in Santa Barbara ranked as the 39th-best national university in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The university's Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in geography. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Geography program receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in the use of GIS while taking courses in physical, political and regional geography. Undergraduates can also earn a bachelor's degree in GIS or physical geography.

At the graduate level, the university offers a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Geography. Areas of specialization include computation, earth systems science and human systems.

Ten Schools with Geography and Cartography Degree Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Offers majors and minors in geography and environmental studies Boston, MA
Clark University Accelerated undergraduate and graduate program in geographic information science available Worcester, MA
Ohio State University - Main Campus Geography major offers four education tracks Columbus, OH
State University of New York at Buffalo Houses the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis Buffalo, NY
University of California - Berkeley Summer research fellowship for undergraduate geography students Berkeley, CA
University of California - Los Angeles On-campus paleo-ecology laboratory Los Angeles, CA
University of California - Santa Barbara Areas of emphasis in the graduate geography program include earth systems, human systems and computation Santa Barbara, CA
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Houses the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Urbana, IL
University of Colorado at Boulder Geography students can participate in research projects Boulder, CO
University of Wisconsin - Madison Offers a bachelor's degree in geography education Madison, WI
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