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Majors and Minors

The Geography Department offers both the B.A. major and the B.S. major.  Students from other majors can earn a minor in geography.  The B.A. is intended to provide a strong liberal arts degree focusing on the major subject areas of geography, while maintaining a great deal of flexibility.  This flexibility allows students to focus on particular concentration areas and/or choose a second or even third major.  The B.S. degree provides additional science requirements that prepare science-oriented students for graduate school and for science-related jobs at the bachelor’s degree level.  A geography minor is an excellent compliment to many other degrees and majors, including business, journalism, economics, folklore, political science, and many more.

For additional details, please see the College of Arts and Science’s Undergraduate Bulletin.

MAJORS:

B.A. Major:  Minimum of 30 hours in geography, including:

  • At least 18 credit hours in geography at the 300 or 400 level.
  • One course each in physical geography (G107 or G109) and in human geography (G110 or G120)
  • Two courses in geographic methodology (to be selected from G235, G237, G250, G336, G338, G350, G436, G438, or G488).

Concentration areas include atmospheric sciences, human-environment interactions, human geography, and geographic information science.

Students must complete the B.A. degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

B.S. Major: Minimum of 30 hours in geography, including:

  • Same geography requirements as B.A.
  • Mathematics:  M211-M212
  • Physics:  P221-P222
  • Biology:  minimum of 6 credit hours including L111 and L473 or Chemistry: C101-C121, C102-C122 or at least 6 credits in Computer Science at the 200-level or higher.
  • Statistics:  K300 or G488 (strongly recommended).
  • 6 credit hours of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, or computer science at the 300 level or higher
  • Two courses in geographic methodology (to be selected from G235, G237, G250, G336, G338, G350, G436, G438, or G488).

Concentration areas are atmospheric sciences and geographic information science.

General Education

  • Writing:  English Composition (3 cr.) and intensive writing (3 cr.)
  • Foreign Language:  3rd semester proficiency level.
  • Arts and Humanities:  two courses
  • Social and Historical:  two courses, including at least one course from geography.
  • Natural and Mathematical Sciences:  fulfilled by major.
  • Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences course (COLL C103 or C104 or C105)

Electives to fulfill remaining credits.

Minor

  • Requirements -  Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in geography including: (a) one course from G107, G109, G110, or G120; (b) one course in geographic methodology (to be selected from G235, G237, G250, G336, G338, G350, G436, G438, or G488); and (c) at least 9 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level.