Geosystems Concentration

Geosystems Program Information

Students with degrees in geography often go on to a variety of careers that don't actually have "geographer" in the job title. Geographers work as climatologists, meteorologists, environmental managers, urban & regional planners, military intelligence officers, cartographers, satellite image analysts, and more. (See the Association of American Geographer's careers website for more information about these and other geographically-related career fields).


At UT Martin, you have the option to become a geographer and launch yourself on an exciting career path with many great possibilities that you may not have ever previously considered. Our program is comprehensive and it involves the successful completion of the following:

  • A structured-but-flexible curriculum comprised of world regional, physical, cultural, applied, and technical Geography courses;
  • A minor from a different discipline such as Geology, History, or Computer Science, depending on individual interests and long-terms plans;
  • UT Martin's Bachelor of Science and General Education degree requirements

Because of the increasing demands by employers that college graduates have specialized skills, we also strongly encourage our students to successfully complete upper-division electives that are closely related to their professional objectives. For some students, this means taking several courses in fields such as marketing, computer programming, political science, or other field.


Last but not least, many of our graduates have gone on to and succeeded in good geography graduate programs such as the University of Alabama, Murray State University, Oklahoma State University, and Virginia Tech.


For more detailed information, please view our other web pages. You are also invited to contact us directly or come by campus for a visit.

GIS Geographic Information Systems Option

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-related technologies have become integral to many disciplines, including agriculture and the geosciences. Thus, many students majoring in agriculture, the geosciences, natural resources management, and other degree programs can potentially benefit from GIS-related courses offered by both colleges. The creation of an optional UT Martin GIS Certificate program provides an incentive for students who have an interest in GIS to complete a multidisciplinary and complementary group of courses above the minimum requirements for their respective degrees.


The UT Martin GIS Certificate provides both academic and experiential knowledge necessary to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the field of GIS. This skill set will allow holders of the UT Martin GIS Certificate to better market themselves to future employers, while providing an excellent platform for graduate studies.


GIS Option Course Requirements


Earth Science Option

The broad-based curriculum if designed to prepare students for careers in the many different scientific and applied professions that emphasize study of the earth and/or atmosphere. Completion of this curriculum may lead students to careers in areas such as: climate science, environmental science, natural resource exploration, and private industry. Students receive instruction in the fundamentals of geoscience and a suite of targeted electives based on the individual’s area of the particular scholarly and career-related interests.


Earth Science Option Course Requirement

Geography Faculty

Dr. Jefferson S. Rogers

Dr. Robert Mark Simpson

Mr. Tim Wallace