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Geography, B.A./ B.S.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (ARWU) Fairbanks, AK, United States
We offer a bachelor degree in Geography at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Geography is a broad, holistic study of the interactions among various natural/environmental, political, cultural and economic systems, and how those interactions create the world we see today at both local and global scales.
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Geography takes a synthesizing and inherently interdisciplinary approach to develop an integrated understanding of climate change, resource development, energy use and conservation, geopolitics, sustainable development, assessment of natural and human-caused environmental hazards, land-use change, regional conflicts, and economic and political developments all over the world. 

Key Features 

  • Geography also provides the framework for the integration of existing and emerging technologies such as GIS, remote sensing and geo-visualization into a broad range of academic and professional fields.
  • The Geography B.A. and B.S. degrees from University of Alaska Fairbanks are built upon a group of required courses that gives students a firm grounding in the fundamental components of the discipline, including global geographic perspectives, geography of the earth’s natural systems, geography of human systems, geospatial sciences (GIS, remote sensing, geo-visualization), and the synthesis of these core perspectives through an integrating capstone experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Our students find work in such fields as geospatial sciences (GIS/remote sensing/cartography), regional planning, international relations, state and federal resource management, transportation planning, environmental impact assessment, tourism, and teaching. 
  • Many of our students go on to graduate study in geography, natural resources, environmental science or planning.
The geography B.A. degree gives students a broad understanding of the interactions among the physical environments, economics, political events, and cultures of various regions of the world, and equips students with the ability to interpret contemporary geopolitical and environmental issues. 
  • The B.A. prepares students for careers in management, policy, teaching, field-based research, regional planning, and a variety of private sector careers. The B.A. also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in a wide range of academic disciplines.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Option 1:

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Submit ACT or SAT test scores
Option 2:
  • Have a high school diploma, and
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and
  • Submit ACT test scores of at least 18 or SAT test scores of 970

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4485 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fairbanks

  • 1450 - 2000 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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