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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography Major, BA

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This major of 65 credits offers students the greatest flexibility and is suited for students with interests outside of the specializations listed below. In consultation with a departmental advisor, students may choose a specialization and design a program of component courses which best fits specific career goals and aspirations. In addition to the core requirements, students pursuing this option must take a set of department-approved electives that includes an upper-division course from each of five subfields. To satisfy the overall major requirement, at least 8 of the credits must be in 400-level geography courses in addition to Geography 489 - Geography Capstone.

Geography Core

Admission to the Major

All students who wish to major in geography must:

  1. Have a 2.25 minimum GPA in all coursework taken up to the time of admission
  2. Apply for acceptance into the geography major
  3. Upon acceptance into the program, meet with their assigned advisor to develop a major contract
  4. Earn a C- or higher grade in each of the courses in their major contract

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply geography concepts, especially the distribution of the built environment in relation to physical features, by constructing analytic essays. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the discipline’s vocabulary, concepts, and themes by scoring well on an objective assessment. 
  • Develop electronic portfolios demonstrating their career preparation. 

Department-approved Electives

Take one course each in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Regional Geography, Resource Geography, and Techniques plus additional electives from the courses listed below to reach 40 credits of electives in Geography. A student must also take at least 8 credits at the 400-level, not including GEOG 489 Geography Capstone. Other courses may be counted by advisement.

Human Geography Electives

Take at least one of the following courses (4 credits minimum)

Physical Geography Electives

Take at least one of the following courses (5 credits minimum)

Techniques Electives

Take at least one of the following courses (4 credits minimum)

Total Electives Credits: 40

Total Credits: 65

College and Department Information

Geography Department  
College of the Sciences  

Online Availability
The program will have both a designated online only option and an in-person or hybrid option.

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