Bachelors in Geography

Geography bridges the social sciences and physical sciences in the pursuit of how humans affect and are affected by natural environment. Geographers examine many social/physical issues at every scale, such as housing development and habitat loss, insurance premiums and storm damage, commercial fishing and marine sustainability, transport flow and air pollution, energy needs and mineral exploitation, and intensive farming and deforestation. Geography is the study of place and space, in the same sense that history is the study of time. Geographers ask where where are things located? why are they located where they are? and how do we map them? Geographers are concerned with mapping how changes to the landscape, vegetation, animals, climate impact where humans live, socialize, work, trade, and form cultural and nationalist identities. They examine agricultural practices, industry, boundary disputes, urban decay, political ideologies, religious principles, and how these relate to perceptions of the environment, concern for global warming, and recycling/sustainability practices. All these can by mapped using computer-based GIS, GPS and satellite surveillance techniques with ever-improving geographic accuracy and precision.

The Geography major consists of 34 credit hours, and all at grade C- or better. All courses are 3 credits, except ones with Labs which are 4 credits.

REQUIRED(19 credit hours)
GEA1000 World Regional Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO1400 Human Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO2200C Physical Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4162C Spatial Data Analysis (Fall 2016)
GIS3015 Map Analysis (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GIS4043 & GIS4043L Geographic Information Systems & Lab (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)

GEO3502 Economic Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4421 Cultural Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4450 Medical Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4602 Urban Geography (Fall 2016)
GEO4471 Political Geography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4700 Transport Geography
IFS2029 Dead Cities (Honors) (Spring 2017)
IFS2077 “Great” Britain: Geography, Imperialism, Industry & Culture (Honors) (Spring 2017)

EVR4314 Energy & Society
GEO4300 Biogeography (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
GEO4376 Landscape Ecology (Fall 2016)
GEO4210 Landforms & Landscapes (Fall 2016)
GEO4280 Geography of Water Resources (Spring 2017)
GIS4035 & GIS4035L Remote Sensing & Lab (Fall 2016)
IFS2040 Putting Science into Action: Field Methods for Plant Ecology
IFS2080 Glaciers, Geysers & Glades: Exploring US National Parks (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)

General Geography (9 credit hours):
Geography (GEA/GEO/GIS courses) at the 3000/4000 level
GEO4930 Special Topics (maximum of 9 credits)
GEO4905 Directed Independent Study OR GEO4941 Internship (maximum of 3 credits)

Minors are not listed on diplomas. More information on minors and their requirements can be found at:

Geography Minor
A Geography minor consists of 15 semester hours of course work in the department, including GEA1000 World Geography; GEO1400 Human Geography; GEO2200c Physical Geography or GEO1330 Environmental Science; GIS3015 Map Analysis or GEO4162c Spatial Data Analysis; and one additional GEO/GEA/GIS course at the 3000 or 4000 level. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. Courses that satisfy the minor requirements cannot be transferred from other institutions. A total of 6 hours may overlap between the Environment and Society major and the Geography minor.