Why ODU for Geography?

In this online program, you will gain a broad base of knowledge in geography and an understanding of human-environment interrelationships.

Old Dominion University is a national leader in studying the impact of sea level rise due to climate change. We are a partner in the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, which investigates flooding data, examines the effects of recurrent flooding, and develops best practices for resiliency on local and national levels.

ODU is also the center of geospatial technologies in the Hampton Roads region, and houses the Center for Geospatial & Visualization Computing.

In our online geography major, you will have the opportunity to choose one of three concentration areas:

  • Urban planning and emergency/hazards management
  • Environment and resources
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) (Bachelor of Science only)

In addition to developing subject-area expertise, your courses will help you build critical analytic and communication skills.

When you graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geography.

Want to learn more? Contact us!

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Geography Courses You Could Explore

Earn your credit hours by diving into subjects you love with experts in the field. ODU's online students have the opportunity to take classes for this online program focusing on:

  • Marine and Coastal Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GIS Programming
  • Regional and International Geography Courses
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Natural Resources
  • And more! 

Please note that not all classes are offered online every semester. 

Ranked #5

Most Affordable Bachelor's in Geographic Information Systems Online, 2023
- OnlineU.com

Get Guaranteed Admission at Old Dominion University

We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is intended to ease the transfer process between these select colleges and Old Dominion University.

Required Courses

To earn a bachelor's degree from ODU, you must complete at least 30 credit hours with us. This bachelor’s program requires 120 total credit hours.

Your exact course of study will depend on whether you pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The geographic information systems concentration is only available in the Bachelor of Science.

Talk with our enrollment team to determine how your credits will transfer.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Top Job Titles

The most common job titles reported by our geography alumni are:

  • GIS Analyst
  • Project or Program Manager
  • President or Vice President
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Transportation Planner

Careers in Geography

Our graduates have found careers with:

  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • NASA
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Google Maps
  • local planning agencies
  • public and private schools

In addition, many of our students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at universities across the country.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$374 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

What is Degree Completion?

An online bachelor's degree completion program takes into account the college credits you have earned at another college program, university, or community college. These credits can come from one academic institution or several.

ODUGlobal enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer assessment before you apply. They will assess your credits for transferability to your ODU bachelor's degree based on several factors. These include the grade you earned in the class, the school which awarded the credits, and the program in which you intend to enroll.

Students should submit a complete set of transcripts representing all potential transfer credits. They can be unofficial transcripts, but you'll need the official versions when you apply. You'll review these credits with your enrollment coordinator, who will advise you on the remaining classes you'll need to complete your degree.

In order to earn a degree from ODU as a transfer student, you'll need to earn at least 30 credits at Old Dominion University in a given program.

Guaranteed admissions programs can shorten the path to your bachelor's degree with ODUGlobal.

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How to Apply

This program is available completely online, which means you can apply to ODU as a freshman.

Already have college credits? Before you apply, our enrollment team can provide a free transfer evaluation to see how your credits will transfer to ODU.

No matter where you're starting, we'll help you succeed from application to graduation.

Get Guaranteed Admission to ODU

ODU has partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. 

Learn more about Guaranteed Admission to ODU.

Meet Your Team

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUGlobal.

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