geology student's notes


The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies offers a BA in Geography, minors in Geographic Information Science and Urban Studies, and graduate certificates in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing, Water Resource Management, and Environmental Forensics. We also house the university-wide transdisciplinary PhD Program in Environmental Science and Management. Our programs emphasize human interactions with the physical environment, environmental law and policy, environmental economics, and environmental management. The Urban Studies concentration takes advantage of the NJ/NY metropolitan setting and the wealth of social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental interactions occurring within our area as well as integrating faculty scholarship expertise in Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Vietnam. Student in Geography gain practical skills using Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, experience with both field and laboratory techniques, and participate in research and internship opportunities.

Geographers are employed by:

  • State and federal agencies that oversee natural resource management, conservation and environmental policy
  • Municipal agencies that oversee city planning, transportation planning, open space conservation, public health, and environmental health
  • Non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and educating the public about climate change, clean water, energy conservation, food security, and biodiversity and habitat preservation
  • Industries that utilize geospatial datasets for environmental planning, design and construction, research, and marketing
  • Law firms that specialize in environmental law
  • Public and private school districts
  • Colleges and universities

Students interested in these career paths are best served by earning a degree in Geography. Montclair State University’s Geography programs integrate environmental and social science and lay the foundation for understanding a variety of modern global and regional issues.


Job Outlook and Salary Information for Geographers