Geography is an empowering discipline that examines the Earth through the lens of human-environment interaction. Geography is recognized for both its physical and its cultural attributes. The physical realm examines the Earth's dynamic systems and landscape evolution while the cultural realm focuses on human interaction to the constantly changing forces of nature. Major topics of study include population distributions, climate change, technology, language, urbanization, globalization, resource management, and environmental impacts. Geospatial technologies, including GIS, remote sensing, and computer mapping, form an integral component of analysis.
Abundant employment opportunities are available for geographers in local, state, and federal agencies concerned with such issues as regional planning, geopolitics, economic development, and environmental impact. Industry and business employ geographers as market researchers, analysts, and consultants. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified spatial technologies and expertise (geography/GIS) as one of the three primary areas of employment opportunity for the 21st century. Geography students who complete the educator preparation option are eligible for Secondary Social Studies certification.
The geography major requires 40 credits of geography courses. One statistics course is recommended. Students considering graduate work in geography should develop strong skills in GIS.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
- ISGEOG 203 Globalization Culture & Place
- INGEOG 204 Earth's Changing Landscapes
- GEOG 324 GIS I
- GEOG 395 Seminar I
- GEOG 495 Seminar II
Select one of the following regional courses:
- GEOG 340 Topics in Regional Geography
- GEOG 371 Geography Field Studies
- GEOG 571 Geography Field Studies
Select two of the following systematic fields of geography:
- GEOG 303 The Politics of Place
- GEOG 304 Population Matters
- GEOG 307 Urban Geography
- GEOG 308 Planning for Sustainability
- GEOG 330 Natural Resource Management
- GEOG 332 Global Water Resources
- GEOG 334 Outdoor Recreation
- GEOG 335 Sustainable Tourism
Select one of the following geographic skills courses:
- GEOG 325 Cartographic Design
- GEOG 326 Field Surveying
- GEOG 329 Applications in GIS
- GEOG 424 GIS II
Select one additional elective in Geography.
Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits.