College of Arts and Sciences

305 Hanna Hall, 419-372-2925

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.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

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 4900.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Geography are expected to be able 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Geography program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Geography program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Geography program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.