Majors and Minors

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.

Our department underwent a program review during the 2013-2014 academic year. As a result of this review, we have restructured our program to respond to feedback from our self-study and external reviewer comments. We believe this restructuring of courses, majors, and minors will help align our department with the new strategic planning initiatives that the University is developing. Our goal is to make our program flexible and multidisciplinary, and our department the “Green” department on campus.

Major in Geography

Geography - Major Field Guide

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOL 111 (Introductory Physical Geology) or GEOL 114 (The Science of Natural Disasters) 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 each)
  • 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) or GEOL 114 (The Science of Natural Disasters) 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 298 Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • 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

Five courses selected in consultation with the department Chair.

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 298 Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • 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)

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