GEOGRAPHY (GEOG)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 432, (651) 962-5569
Kelley (chair), Hansen, Lorah

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/geography/default.html

The Department of Geography offers a major and minor in geography, as well as a geographic information systems (GIS) minor (for non-geography majors) and a concentration area in GIS for majors. The GIS minor is well-adapted to majors in the physical and social sciences and complements studies in education, marketing, real estate, and entrepreneurship.

The department emphasizes GIS laboratory work, internships, collaborative faculty-student research and service learning to give our students a solid foundation in geographic principles and techniques, as well as an appreciation for the diversity of people and places. It makes extensive use of computer skills to explore a wide range of topics, from regional studies to remote sensing.

With foundations in both the natural and social sciences, geography prepares students for a wide range of careers in government, the private sector, and education. Geographers create digital maps, perform location analysis for retail and service stores, analyze land use and urban planning, work with census data, teach, and hold a wide variety of other jobs. Graduates also pursue advanced degrees in geography, business, urban and regional planning, community development, GIS, and natural resource management.

Major in Geography

Geography‌ - Major Field Guide

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOL 111 Introductory Physical Geology (4 credits) or GEOL 114 The Science of Natural Disaster (4 credits) or GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG/ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus sixteen credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG 230 Weather and Climate (4 credits)
  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 298 Special Topics in Geography [focus changes with each offering] (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)

Note: At least twelve of the credits used to fulfill the major must be at the 298-level or above.

Major in Geography - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOL 111 Introductory Physical Geology (4 credits) or GEOL 114 The Science of Natural Disasters (4 credits) or GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG/ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus twelve credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)

Plus:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

 

Minor in Geography

Twenty credits (5 courses) in Geography, no more than eight credits (2 courses) of which may be at the GEOG 100-level and at least four credits (1 course) of which must be numbered GEOG 300 or above.

Selection of the specific courses to fulfill the requirements should be done in consultation with a member of the department faculty.

Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This minor is only available to non-geography majors.

  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits) 

Plus twelve credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits) 

 

Teacher Licensure

Elementary Education with a Specialty in Social Studies (5-8)
Co-major in Social Studies (5-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education

Course Number Title Credits
GEOG  111 Human Geography 4
GEOG  113 World Geography 4
GEOG  230 Weather & Climate 4
GEOG  231 Global Migrations 4
GEOG  241 Geography of Minnesota 4
GEOG  242 Latin America 4
GEOG  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
GEOG  244 Africa 4
GEOG  269 Research 2 OR 4
GEOG  295 Topics 2
GEOG  297 Topics 4
GEOG  298 Topics 4
GEOG  321 Geographic Info Systems 4
GEOG  322 Geographical Analysis 4
GEOG  330 Geography/Business/Planning 4
GEOG  331 Conservation Geography 4
GEOG  340 Geography of U.S. & Canada 4
GEOG  389 Research 2 OR 4
GEOG  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
GEOG  402 Field Seminar 4
GEOG  421 Applied Geographic Info Sys 4
GEOG  430 Urban Geography 4
GEOG  488 Topics 2
GEOG  489 Topics 4
GEOG  490 Topics 4