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Pitt-Johnstown offers the only geography degree program within the University of Pittsburgh system!

Geography is a discipline that integrates the environmental and social sciences. Geography studies location, places, regions, human-environment interactions, and movement. Its tools include cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). On the job, Geography graduates address social, physical, and environmental problems from the global to the local scale.

Geography courses address topics that include urban planning, energy consumption, population dynamics, water resources, soil analysis, climate change, natural hazards, and many others. Methods courses emphasize map design, remote sensing, drone technology, and spatial analysis.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technological field that uses geographically referenced data to create maps and analyze real-world situations. GIS is computer-based mapping, which involves organizing data to create thematic maps. In its more complex applications, GIS is used to model aspects of the real world, to ask and resolve “what if?” questions that have a spatial dimension. Any student can pursue our 18-credits GIS certificate.

Geography Department:
110 Krebs Hall
Ola Johansson, PhD, Department Head
814-269-2922  |