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Major/Minor

The program is designed around the department's focus on the spatial analysis of regional change and development. In this context, the concept of a "region" is defined as a spatial unit that may include both urban and rural areas. Within the department's focus, the primary emphasis is on applied human geographic dimensions of resources, land use, population, and socio-economic analysis. Spatial analysis techniques of computer mapping, GIS, and remote sensing are also emphasized and integrated. All geography majors are advised to take a course in statistics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in geography are expected to:

  • Know and apply geographic concepts in identifying, analyzing, and explaining spatial/global issues and processes;
  • Identify and analyze the past and present processes that contribute to the world's constantly changing cultural and physical environments;
  • Ascertain the interrelationships and interactions between and among regions;
  • Collect, integrate, analyze, display, and communicate spatial information and data sources by using mapping skills, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other tools and techniques such as air photo interpretation, remote sensing, statistics, and computers;
  • Apply spatial dimensions in analyzing issues and determining how human perceptions and actions contribute to distinct global identities and regional variations.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) — minor required —  Bachelor of Arts Junior Audit for Geography for details.

Minor (21 hours) 
Courses recommended include GEOG 1250 or 2130, 2250 or 2300, 3210, plus 12 hours. A journalism or telecommunications major can minor in broadcast meteorology. This consists of GEOG 1250, 2130, 3030, 4000, 4040, 1220 or 3420, and 4550, 4570, or 490