Geography

College of Arts and Sciences

331 Hayes Hall, 419-372-2925

Geography is the study of human activity, and the environment it takes place in, as it varies across space. Thus, geographers analyze the complex interactions that take place between people, culture, society, and place, and they investigate the impacts that people have on the natural world as well as our responses to environmental change caused by natural factors and human activity. Geographers create maps that illustrate these relationships by using geospatial analysis techniques and technologies (such as geographic information systems) that utilize a wide range of data that are either remotely sensed or collected at the earth's surface. Becuase of the wide scope of geography, the discipline is strongly linked with fields in the social sciences, natural sciences, computing, and business. 

Learning in the Discipline

The Geography major integrates the study of interactions that take place between people, culture, society and place with the acquisiton of data analysis and geospatial technology skills. Students who successfully complete the Geography people will develop the ability to:

  • Analyze and compare spatial phenomena and the underlying processes that shape them.
  • Examine and understand human-environment interactions and their impacts at various spatial and temporal scales.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills related to geographic knowledge. 
  • Use geospatial technologies to integrate, manage, process, analyze and visualize spatial and statistical data.
Experiential and Applied Learning

Through completion of an internship or engagement in undergraduate research, all Geography majors will develop the ability to:

  • Effectively collaborate on projects and exhibit professional judgment, responsibility and dependability.
  • Students who choose the undergraduate research option will also develop the ability to:
  • Conduct a research project that incorporates a sound research plan, appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, and effective communication of results.
  • Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared for employment in an area that requires analytic and geospatial technology skills or for graduate studies that focus more narrowly on one or more geographic sub-disciplines. 

Geography Major, Bachelor of Arts (37-38 hours) - minor required - Spring 2020 course requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree with the major in Geography is appropriate for students who have a broad interest in studying the interactions that take place between people, culture, society, and place. Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared for employment in an area that requires analytic and geospatial technology skills or for graduate studies that focus more narrowly on one or more geographic sub-disciplines. 

Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialization (55-56 hours) - no minor required - Spring 2020 course requirements

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialization is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in the use of geographic information systems to analyze, visualize, query, and interpret spatial and non-spatial data. Besides mapping our environment more accurately, GIS allows us to ask and answer spatial questions and solve problems using "what-if" scenarios. Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared for applied GIS careers in areas such as information technology, government (military, intelligence, census), urban planning, health care, emergency management, the environment and business or for graduate studies that focus on more narrowly on GIS applications, research, design, and production of GIS technology.

Students pursing the GIS specialization in Geography must maintain a grade of "C" or higher in the Core, Specialization, and Major Electives requirements.

Human Dimensions of Climate Change Specialization (55-56 hours) - no minor required - Spring 2020 course requirements

The Human Dimensions of Climate Change specialization is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in the impacts that human activities have on the climate system as well as our responses to anthropogenic climate change. Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared for employment in an area that requires a detailed understanding of the climate system or for graduate studies that focus more narrowly on the climate system, climate variability, and anthropogenic climate change.

Students pursuing the Human Dimensions of Climate Change specialization in Geography, must maintain a grade of "C" or higher in the Core, Specialization, and Major Electives 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.