The Geography Department empowers students to address a number of contemporary problems such as physical resource development, racial/ethnic patterns, urban decay, business geography and pollution. The curriculum help students better understand how natural and human environments become organized geographically by institutional decisions and the consequences of human actions.
- BA in Geography
- BA in Geography: Computer Applications in Human-Environmental Analysis
- BA in Geography: Environmental and Resource Management
- BA in Geography: Urban and Regional Planning
- BA in Geography: Urban: Economic/Retailing Emphasis
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
Students can earn internship credits and independent study credits.
Geography majors with an overall 3.0 GPA and 3.3 GPA in geography can pursue honors in geography. Students must submit a report based on a project in their final year. The project can be based on an original research topic, an extension of an internship or an extension of a previous class project.
Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
GEOG 151 - World Regional Geography
The world is partitioned into major regions or realms for comparison. The geographic similarities and differences between them are examined. The central theme is the interrelationship among nature, society and location. The roles of human institutions and how they vary and affect each other across the world are discussed. For majors and non-majors. Not open to seniors. 4 credits.
GEOG 103 - Multi-Cultl Geographies Of US
Overview of historical and contemporary patterns of multicultural geography within the U.S. Provides students an understanding of the evolution of several American subcultures (White European, Latino, Asian and Black) through the prism of geography, both in broad context and in separate analyses of socio-economic well-being, housing and healthcare differences over time and between racial/ethnic groups. The student is constantly reminded of the question: How do race/ethnicity, the political economy and degree of opportunity affect where and how well people live? Students learn to better understand patterns of the past and of today from a geographic perspective. For majors and non-majors. Not open to seniors. 4 credits.
GEOG 211 - Cultural Geography
Using five themes in cultural geography-regional culture, cultural diffusion, cultural ecology, cultural interaction and cultural landscape, the course explores geographies of religion, language, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, cultural difference and political systems with the goal of developing an understanding and appreciation of the world's diverse cultures and the ways in which they interact with one another and the environment. Fulfills the J (Joined Composition and Oral Communication) General Education requirement. 4 credits.
GEOG 212 - Historical Geography
Outline of the changes in the American landscape over time as a result of interactions of peoples and cultures with each other and with environment. Three themes are stressed; cultural diversity; human-environment relationships; and organization of space in differing cultural/political economic systems. 4 credits.
GEOG 221 - Global Climate Change
This course cover causes and impact of climate change ranging from the historical record to future prediction, and the possible associated socioeconomic impacts and risks. After completion of this class, students will have a well-rounded understanding of the major climate science processes and scientific methods for studying, predicting and mitigating global change. No prerequisite. 4 credits.
GEOG 232 - Economic Geography
Spatial patterns of economic activity. Relationship of land use to spatially variable environmental factors. Introduction to location theory. Resource management problems. Environmental consequences of production processes and population growth. 4 credits.
GEOG 234 - Urban Geog: Global Linkages
The relevant debates concerning globalization and its urban linkages are examined. Sharpens the definition of globalization from a vaguely defined general process to a more precise threefold division of economic, cultural and political globalization. The connections among these three elements, the linkages between cities on several continents and the transformation of urban space are of key concern. 4 credits. Course fee applies. Refer to the Schedule of Classes.
GEOG 259 - Eastern Asia: Land and People
Broad introduction of geography of East Asia from a global interdependency perspective. Eight topics are examined in terms of East Asia as a region: physical geography, history, population, human-environment relations, economies, geopolitics, culture, and East Asian cities. 4 credits.
After You Graduate
The geography major provides preparation for graduate work and careers in public and private planning agencies. Geography graduates can apply their knowledge, skills and experience in the private, governmental or nonprofit sectors. Students develop strong visualizations skills, an ability to analyze spatial data, planning and problem-solving skills, as well as applied resource management skills.
Potential careers and career fields include the following:
- digital cartographer
- environmental scientist
- geospatial analyst
- GIS analyst
- global spatial intelligence analyst
- historic preservationist
- information or imagery analyst
- nautical cartographic analyst
- policy consultants
- satellite imagery scientist
- systems engineer
- urban planner
- water resource specialists
- wind analyst
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!
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