Geography Major

The geography program gives students an appreciation and understanding of the human environment on global, regional, and local scales. It provides background and requisite training for careers in resource, planning, environmental, or education fields. Geography majors find work in urban and natural resource management, spatial/GIS analysis, urban planning, map design and production, and statistical analysis. Geography is the lead department on campus for training in GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and spatial analysis.

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Requirements for the Geography Major


12 Credits

12 Credits

12 Credits

12 Credits

12 Credits

60 Credits

Course descriptions

The 60 credits of course work in Geography must include a minimum of 16 credits at the 400-level

Geog 210, 230 and 380U are required. Geog 230 may be taken for either human or regional geography, but not both.

Courses used to satisfy the departmental major requirements must be graded A, B, or C (with no grade below C-)

Please note:  the B. S. in Geography requires STAT 243 and STAT 244 OR GEOG 496 (Introduction to Spatial Quantitative Analysis)