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Major in Geography

Starting with a strong background in the liberal arts, the major in geography prepares graduates for environmental and resource professions, site selection, transportation, urban planning, public policy or graduate, law and business schools.

You’ll study the basics (including weather and the earth’s landscapes); develop important skills (including the use of geographic information systems, or GIS); and choose from an array of courses on specific regions and geographical topics, such as urban environmental problems. The major also works to link the social and natural sciences, and offers a broad foundation in geography and geosciences.

Throughout, you’ll get the benefit of personal attention from faculty, who plan field trips to places near and far and welcome independent projects. Opportunities with hands-on internships are readily available and highly encouraged.

Core Coursework: Ten (10) courses required
BID 103 Ocean Studies
    or
GEO 105 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
GEO 102 Earth System Science
GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
    or
GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 413 Economic Geography
GEO 470 Research Methods in Geography (.50 credit)
GEO 471 Senior Research Capstone (.50 credit)

Plus, students must take one of the following regional specialty courses:
GEO 311 Regional Study of Europe
GEO 315 Regional Study of the United States and Canada
GEO 317 Regional Study of Latin America

Plus two of the following topical-systematic courses:
GEO 218 Geography of Religion

GEO 302 Urban Applications of GIS (Note prerequisite of GEO 207)
GEO 350 Geography of Sexual and Gender Identities
GEO 411 Urban Geography
GEO 412  Political Geography

Recommended Schedule of Coursework for Geography Major

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
ENG 105 Composition I
FYS 100 First-Year Seminar
BID 103 Ocean Studies
    or
GEO 105 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
    or
GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World

January Term
300-level GEO elective (GEO 305 or GEO 353)

Spring Term
ENG 106 Composition II
GEO 102 Earth System Science
GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
    or
GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
Integrated Curriculum (One course)

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
Integrated Curriculum (Three courses)

January Term
300-level GEO elective (GEO 305 or GEO 353)
    or
Study Away Experience

Spring Term
One Topical-Systemic Course
One Regional Specialty Course
Integrated Curriculum (Two courses)

THIRD YEAR
Fall Term
One Topical-Systemic Course
GEO 413 Economic Geography
Integrated Curriculum (Two courses)

January Term
GEO Elective (300-level)
    or
Study Away Experience
Internship Planning: GEO 468

Spring Term
GEO 468 Internship (.50 credit); P/F)
GEO Elective
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
One Regional Course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term
GEO 468 Geography/Geosciences Internship/Field Experiences (.50 credit); P/F)
GEO 470 Research Methods in Geography (.50 credit)
GEO Elective
Elective

January Term
Internship/Job Shadowing

Spring Term
GEO 471 (.50 credit)
Three Electives (including ENG 303

Note: As a substitute for GEO 305 or 353 (both offered in the January Term), students may elect to take GEO 390 Geography and Geosciences Cultural Study and Off-Campus Experience offered in the spring (travel in June during odd-numbered years).


 

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