CAREERS AND GEV ALUMNI

Why Study Geography and the Environment?

Graduates from programs in the Department of Geography and the Environment have independent research experience, the ability to think critically and solve problems, laboratory and field work experience, geospatial expertise, and the communication and writing skills to be highly successful in the rapidly expanding geospatial or environmental fields as well as in a wide variety of careers outside of these fields.

 

Career Preparation

All undergraduate majors complete a one-credit Professional Development course (GEV 2001) in their sophomore year, which focuses on helping students get the most out of their time in college, exploring summer research and internship opportunities, and developing essential professional development skills.

All undergraduate majors complete a one-semester Senior Project or two-semester Senior Thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor or through an external internship. Graduate Thesis and Non-Thesis Capstone students likewise complete independent research projects. These experiences are invaluable for developing and demonstrating skills such as effective written and oral communication, quantitative and analytical abilities, and the ability to work independently. These are all professional development skills that will be key to success in any profession.

There is a growing need for geospatial expertise in many professions, and our graduates are proficient in both technical geospatial skills and in geospatial thinking.

There is a growing need for geospatial expertise in many professions, and our graduates are proficient in both technical geospatial skills and in geospatial thinking.

 

 

Careers and Graduate School

Graduates from the Department of Geography and the Environment go on to successful careers. Many pursue careers in the expanding environmental and geospatial fields, though our graduates have demonstrated success in numerous professions. Many of our alums (about half) continue their education with masters, doctorate, or professional degrees at outstanding educational institutions. Environmental consulting is the most popular profession that our graduates pursue, and we have graduates in research, renewable energy, planning, nonprofit, law, health and safety, government, geospatial, education, corporate sustainability, business, finance, healthcare, and many other fields. Graduates from the Department of Geography and the Environment have held professional positions or have attended graduate school.

  • Duke University, The Nicholas School
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Michigan State Law
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY ESF
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Vermont Law
  • Advantage Engineers
  • AECOM (URS)
  • AEI Consultants
  • American Paper
  • Axa Advisors
  • Bloomberg Financial
  • CH2M
  • Christopher Melick, PLS
  • Comcast NBC
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute
  • HDR Environmental Services
  • J & J Consulting Services
  • J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Langan Engineering
  • McLaren Engineering Group
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Michael Paige
  • Posillico, Inc.
  • Ramboll Environmental Consultants
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Textron Systems
  • Trinity Consultants
  • Turner Broadcasting Systems
  • Vertex
  • York Analytical Laboratories
  • YU and Associates

 

 

Welcome from GEV Alumni

Graduates from the Department of Geography and the Environment have been successful in a wide variety of careers and graduate programs.  Please view welcome messages from several of our alums.

Alumni Newsletter

The Department of Geography and the Environment launched its alumni newsletter.

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University

Chair:
Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

ALUMNI RESOURCES