Undergraduate Geography - Geosciences, UMKC

Undergraduate Geography

BA or BS in Geography

Geography encompasses studies in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. From the underlying rock and the wondrous and life-giving succession of the seasons, to the woods and water-ways, to the infinite number of ways people make their livings and put meaning in their lives through complex interactions with their natural surroundings. Geography equips students to understand our world, appreciate its extraordinary beauty and diversity. With a basis in geography, students can look forward to a lifetime of learning and get paid to do things that interest them. Geography students, perhaps more than anyone else, have real potential to travel and see the world.

Among the geography faculty are world class scholars and scientists in a wide range of specialty areas and all are fully engaged in mentoring undergraduate students through teaching and research. Students currently have opportunities to accompany faculty on all-expenses paid research expeditions to the Bahamas and Lake Chad Basin in Nigeria, Africa. These summer research opportunities are sponsored by the National Science Foundation. One more advantage of pursuing a degree in the geosciences is the excellent post-graduation career prospects. Interest and enrollment in our programs are at the highest levels ever partly because many students see opportunities for solid and well paying careers in the Geosciences. Additionally, several scholarships are available exclusively to students majoring in any of the degree programs in the department of geosciences. These include the Richard J. Gentile Scholarship, the Peck-Williams-Garstang Scholarship, the Truman Stauffer Scholarship, the Denis Ward Scholarship, the Greater Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show Association Scholarship, and the Association of Earth Science Club Scholarship. Minority students are also eligible for the Excellence in Geosciences Scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For degree requirements:


BA Geography: Majors Map [pdf]

BS Geography:  Majors Map [pdf]


Minor in Geography

A minor in geography may be obtained with a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework in this discipline (at least nine of which must be at the 300- and 400-level). Either ENVSC 110R Understanding the Earth (5 hours with lab) or GEOG 105 Introduction to the Elements of Geography (3 hours) is required.

Note: GEOG 398, 417, 489 and 499WI do not count as credit in the geography minor program.


Advising Contact


Geography (BA & BS) Advisor: Dr. Steve Driever

Contact Us

Department of Geosciences
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Administrative Assistant
Megan Medley
Tel: 816.235.6081

Dr. Wei Ji

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

Tel:   816.235.1334
Fax:  816.235.5535


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Geography Careers