Skip to content


College of Arts & Sciences

Geographers research and engage the world by asserting the importance of space, environment, context, location, place and scale in relation to society’s most pressing environmental and social concerns. We draw from interdisciplinary theories across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to address how these concerns are mapped, represented and understood in a changing world. Linking theory to practice, our students develop a unique skillset that brings together quantitative and qualitative data analysis, tech knowledge, research, writing and oral communication. Ample experiential learning opportunities such as internships, service learning and research projects enable students to pursue a wide variety of careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Curricular options: B.A. Geography, B.A. Geography: Data Science

Topic(s): Computing, Social sciences

Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Geography is a minimum requirements major. You may declare this major after enrolling at the UW and completing the prerequisites. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: Students who meet the minimum requirements may declare the major in any quarter.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • Complete any GEOG-prefix course at the 200-level or higher with a minimum grade of 2.0.
  • Minimum cumulative UW GPA of 2.00.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 215
Total from Washington community colleges: 33

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 10
3.50 – 3.74: 7
3.25 – 3.49: 7
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: 5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes

See list of all majors