Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, B.A.

Program Learning Outcomes  

1)  Juniors and seniors will apply geographic concepts, methods, and/or skills in professional or out-of-classroom experiences. This includes participating in professional meetings, formal workshops, internships, study abroad programs, field courses, directed studies, and/or holding related leadership roles.
2)  Graduates will demonstrate the depth and breadth of their learning experience through their post-graduate educational achievements, career paths, and other geographically-related life experiences. Assessment of their undergraduate education will show that geography provided good preparation for work, further study, and life since graduation.
3)  Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct research: locate, evaluate, synthesize, and convey geographical information from a variety of sources.
4)  Students will demonstrate knowledge and use of methodological approaches to geographic analysis, including cartography, geographic information systems, and quantitative, qualitative, and field methods.
5)  Students will be aware of the major developments in the field, have an understanding of the evolution of the discipline, and demonstrate knowledge of the central debates in the discipline of Geography.  

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 41

Intermediate Geography Electives: (9 Credits)

One physical geography course from

One internationalization course from

Advanced Geography Electives (9 Credits) **


*Students who have taken ECON 205 , MATH 242 , MATH 262 , PLSC 251 , PSYC 250 , or SOCL 211  will have fulfilled the GEOG 278  requirement but must take an additional 3 credit GEOG course to satisfy the 20 credits of GEOG courses needed for the Core Geography Requirements category.

**A total of 3 credits in any of the following courses may be applied to the Advanced Geography Elective requirement from GEOG 395 , GEOG 397 , GEOG 399  

***A maximum of 3 credits of GEOG 386   may be applied to the Advanced Geography Elective requirement.


Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used in fulfillment of the major.

Department Writing Requirement

The department’s writing requirement is incorporated into Senior Seminar courses, required of all Geography Major seniors (chosen from GEOG 474   or GEOG 487 ). Majors must meet the writing requirement criteria in order to pass the course, so completion of a Senior Seminar course fulfills the Department Writing Requirement.

Study Abroad

The Department offers a semester long study abroad program in The Netherlands. The program, offered at the University of Groningen, is open to junior and senior geography majors. Students receive 12-15 credits. Instruction is in English. Other study abroad opportunities are available. For additional information contact the Department of Geography and Sustainability Studies.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit(s): 3
  • Intermediate GEOG Elective Credit(s): 3

  • F/ Credit(s): 3

  • M/ Credit(s): 3

  • Elective Credit(s): 3

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Intermediate GEOG Elective Credit(s): 3
Advanced GEOG Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.