Geography

Geography (from Greek: γεωγραφία, geographia, literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets. The first person to use the word γεωγραφία was Eratosthenes (276–194 BC). Geography is an all-encompassing discipline that seeks an understanding of Earth and its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but also how they have changed and come to be.

Geography is often defined in terms of two branches: human geography and physical geography. Human geography deals with the study of people and their communities, cultures, economies, and interactions with the environment by studying their relations with and across space and place. Physical geography deals with the study of processes and patterns in the natural environment like the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere.

The four historical traditions in geographical research are: spatial analyses of natural and the human phenomena, area studies of places and regions, studies of human-land relationships, and the Earth sciences. Geography has been called "the world discipline" and "the bridge between the human and the physical sciences".

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Matching Geography Colleges

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Four or more years; Public; $34,473 average out-state tuition; $9,909 average in-state tuition
The University of Texas at Austin
Four or more years; Public; $36,744 average out-state tuition; $10,398 average in-state tuition
University of California-Los Angeles
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
California State University-Long Beach
Four or more years; Public; $17,622 average out-state tuition; $5,742 average in-state tuition
Florida State University
Four or more years; Public; $19,084 average out-state tuition; $4,640 average in-state tuition
James Madison University
Four or more years; Public; $22,064 average out-state tuition; $6,250 average in-state tuition
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Four or more years; Public; $18,072 average out-state tuition; $6,888 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Geography Majors

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

$25,000 Varies See Details

Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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$25,000

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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

$19,000 Varies See Details

Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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$19,000

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Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

$10,000 Varies See Details

Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

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$10,000

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Geography Department Graduate Teaching Assistantship - University of Montana

University of Montana at Missoula, Department of Geography

100% of tuition Varies See Details

Geography Department Graduate Teaching Assistantship - University of Montana

University of Montana at Missoula, Department of Geography

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100% of tuition

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Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship

University of California, San Diego

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details

Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship

University of California, San Diego

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John B. and Jean M. Henkels Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$3,750 Varies See Details

John B. and Jean M. Henkels Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

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$3,750

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Joel Picker Social Sciences Scholarship

North Iowa Area Community College

Up to $3,000 Varies See Details

Joel Picker Social Sciences Scholarship

North Iowa Area Community College

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Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

$3,000 Varies See Details

Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

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$3,000

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Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,500 Varies See Details

Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$2,500

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Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$2,400 Varies See Details

Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$2,400

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