About the Program

 students in class of UB Geography.

Undergraduate Students in an Introductory Geography Class


The Department of Geography's undergraduate program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of geography.

Course descriptions

Career Information

We offer the following degrees:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Geography

General Geography

General Geography prepares students to think critically about how and why the location and arrangements in space of human and natural phenomena contribute to a wide-range of issues affecting the environment and society. Students in this track are especially encouraged to apply the principles and methods of geography in other disciplines, such as economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, geology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

Concentration in Earth System Science

Earth System Science prepares students to study natural/physical processes – hydrology, terrestrial ecology, natural resources and land management – in a variety of scales using quantitative methods and modeling grounded in basic and applied science and research. It also examines environmental issues, such as, climate change, erosion, pollution, salinization, and landscape fragmentation.

Concentration in Urban and Regional Analysis

Urban and Regional Analysis prepares students to identify and address a wide variety of economic and social problems related to but not limited to transportation, land use, urban environment, housing, work and welfare, population changes and migration, and health in a geographical context.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems prepares students to process, collect and manage geospatial data; to analyze and quantify spatial relationships; and to evaluate, design, and produce maps.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Trade

The newly established International Trade degrees (BA and MA) in the Department of Geography prepare students to critically assess the process of globalization operating in the world today, including the growth of multinationals and foreign direct investment, international trade, the internationalization of capital and financial markets, new international divisions of labor, and the rapid development of technology and innovations. These changes are resulting in global restructuring and new patterns of uneven development.  Critical social, economic, and environmental challenges are being faced by corporate decision-makers, government policy makers, and non-governmental organizations. The BA and MA degrees are designed to prepare undergraduates and masters students for a professional and/or academic career in this challenging and exciting world of international business and trade. You will be exposed to a wide-range of perspectives on the global economy, and will develop important skills in policy and data analysis at various geographic scales.

Our students pursue a wide variety of careers with organizations such as local investment and trade promotion agencies, trade and location consulting firms, governmental agencies, and a variety of international service providers (e.g. freight forwarders, customs brokers, international banks, transport carriers, and international trade management companies).

For more information, contact Dr. Jared Aldstadt, Director of Undergraduate Studies at 645-0481. Office hours will be posted the first week of each semester.