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    Interested in weather patterns and climate change? Or what about population? Do you ponder the impact of the earth’s population on the land? You may want to consider a geography major.

    There are two main branches of the field: physical geography and human geography. Physical geography focuses on the earth’s surface: it’s land, water and climate. Human geography focuses on the interaction between people and the land. Coursework includes cartography, climate change, geographic research methods, political geography, statistics, and lots of field trips. You might study a town’s walkability (or lack thereof) or study tree rings to determine the age of a forest.

    Beyond jobs as geographer or geographic specialists, graduates carve careers as postsecondary teachers, cartographers, climatologists, and urban planners. Some apply their skills to other fields, such as environmental management and research and reporting. Prince William studied geography at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

    • University of Chicago

      University of Chicago Save

      1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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      On a collegiate gothic campus built with Rockefeller money in a setting like the East Coast urban Ivies but in the Midwest on the Windy City's South Side, the University of Chicago is sometimes called "the place where fun goes ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Dartmouth College

      Dartmouth College Save

      207 Parkhurst Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
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      The only Ivy with the feel of a college rather than a university, Dartmouth is a haven for undergraduates. Its idyllic setting in a classic New Hampshire town comes complete with Dartmouth’s own skiway. Famous for traditions like the Homecoming ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Johns Hopkins University

      Johns Hopkins University Save

      3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218
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      Originally founded as a research university for graduate students, Johns Hopkins backed into undergraduate education in a way different from most elite institutions. More serious of mind than its Ivy League rivals, Hopkins hosts plays at the Division I level ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • Middlebury College

      Middlebury College Save

      Old Chapel, Middlebury, VT 05753
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      On a stunning western Vermont campus that is like Williams in rural setting and Conn College in architectural stone, Middlebury is a great college for the smart, outdoorsy, and linguistically talented. Never an easy place to gain admission, Middlebury has ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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      The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • United States Air Force Academy

      United States Air Force Academy Save

      2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800, USAFA, CO 80840
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      The enormous campus of the United States Air Force Academy is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, about 80 miles from Denver. USAF offers a range of educational options, from the liberal arts to engineering and technology, and students here get ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Vassar College

      Vassar College Save

      124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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      "There are no core requirements at Vassar College, a small liberal arts school not terribly far from New York City, and first-year student's courseload can range from ancient Chinese philosophy to a "techno-lit English class" using the Internet. Over four ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Save

      153 A Country Club Road, Campus Box 2200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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      With a beautiful campus in a lovely college town, UNC Chapel Hill may be forgiven—by all but Duke and Virginia fans—for the rhetorical question, "If God isn't a Tarheel fan, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?" The alma ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Colgate University

      Colgate University Save

      13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346
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      "Colgate University has "snow-covered trees," "big limestone buildings," a vibrant party scene, high quality academics, and professors that cause students to gush with joy. Great liberal arts programs are plentiful here, and a core curriculum is required of all students ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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