Geography Department

Whether you are interested in a career in international commerce, becoming a marketing and business geographics consultant or teaching geography to high school students, the Geography Department at SUNY Cortland can help you reach your goals.

The bachelor of arts program, with its foreign language requirement, prepares you for graduate school, international studies, international commerce and tourism development-related activities.

The bachelor of science program places a strong emphasis upon computer literacy and spatial analysis skills. The state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer lab will help you prepare for a career in business demographics and marketing analysis, environmental analysis or global trend analysis.

A dual major program will allow you to major in geography and qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12).



  • Geographic Information Systems Minor [GIS]
  • Geography Minor [GRY]
  • Geography: Minor with an Emphasis in Tourism Development [TOUR]

Graduate Programs


Brooks Lecture Series Concludes with Maya Culture Talk

Ceramics professor Jeremiah Donovan will discuss Maya Cultural Rediscovery on April 5.

Panel to Discuss Global Impact of Election

Five SUNY Cortland historians will shed light on the recent 2016 U.S. election.

And Mother Made Two at Commencement

The mother-daughter duo in cap and gown was an unusual sight this year.

GIS Majors Map Out Their Futures

A 2015 graduate returned to campus recently to recruit current students for internships.

‘Where Are We?’ Events Set for February, March

The series explores how local communities foster greater society’s achievements.


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