Geography : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: Geography BA, International Trade BA, Geography Minor
Geography BA Concentrations: Geographic Information Systems, Earth Systems Science, and Urban and Regional Analysis.
Graduate: MA, MS, PhD

Advisement

Students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Transfer Policy

Prospective majors who have taken geography courses at another school that they believe are equivalent to courses offered by this department should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to petition for acceptance of transfer geography credits.

Geography - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two geography courses.

Required Courses

GEO 101 Earth Systems Science I
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography or GEO 103* Geography of Economic Systems
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography (or another approved statistics course)
One computer science course
One 300/400-level course from each of the following areas: Earth systems science; GIS and cartography; International trade; Urban and regional analysis
Three to four additional Geography electives to bring the total credits in the major to 36

*GEO 103 is mandatory for the five-year BA/MA program.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall General education requirements
Spring General education requirements

SECOND YEAR
Fall Two or three lower-level geography courses (choose from GEO 101; GEO 102 or GEO 103; and GEO 120)
Spring One computer science course, two or three geography electives

THIRD YEAR
Fall GEO 211, two or three geography electives
Spring Two or three geography electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Remaining geography electives

Concentrations

Required Courses

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) AND CARTOGRAPHY
GEO 101; GEO 102 or GEO 103; GEO 120, GEO 381, GEO 211 (formerly GEO 410), GEO 411, and GEO 481
Two electives from: GEO 475, GEO 479, GEO 482, GEO 483, GEO 485, GEO 488, GEO 489, GEO 493
One 300/400-level elective from the Urban & Regional Analysis area
One 300/400-level elective from the GIS/Cartography area
One 300/400-level elective from the International Trade area
One math course: MTH 121 or MTH 141
One computer course: CSE 113

EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE
GEO 101; GEO 102 or GEO 103; GEO 120, GEO 211 (formerly GEO 410), GEO 345 or GEO 347; GEO 350; GEO 352 or GEO 356; GEO 435 or GEO 470
One elective from: GEO 200, GEO 201, GEO 345, GEO 347, GEO 352, GEO 356, GEO 435, GEO 444, GEO 445, GEO 448, GEO 449, GEO 470, GEO 475, GEO 496, GEO 499.
One 300/400-level elective from the Urban & Regional Analysis area
One 300/400-level elective from the GIS/Cartography area
One 300/400-level elective from the International Trade area
Two electives from the following: BIO 200, BIO 201, CHE 101, CHE 102, PHY 101, PHY 102, MTH 121 (or MTH 141)

URBAN AND REGIONAL ANALYSIS
GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 103, GEO 120, GEO 211 (formerly GEO 410), GEO 366, GEO 367 and GEO 411, GEO 481.
Two electives from: GEO 412, GEO 418, GEO 419, GEO 425, GEO 460, GEO 482.
One Economics course: ECO 181 or ECO 182
One 300/400-level elective from the Earth Systems Science area

International Trade - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two geography courses.

Required Courses

GEO 100 Geographic Perspectives and World Issues or GEO 101 Geographic Perspectives and World Issues
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography or GEO 103 Geography of Economic Systems
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography(formerly GEO 410)
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 Bases of World Commerce
GEO 334 International Environments and Commercial Problems
GEO 425 Industrial/Business Geography
GEO 460 Geography of Development
Three GEO electives at the 300/400 level - suggested courses are GEO 345, GEO 366, GEO 367, GEO 389, GEO 411, GEO 412, GEO 418, GEO 419, GEO 426, GEO 470, GEO 481, GEO 482
ECO 181 Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Microeconomics
One computer science course

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...45

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall General Education Requirements
Spring General Education Requirements

SECOND YEAR
Fall Two or three lower-level geography courses (choose from GEO 100 or GEO 101; GEO 102 or GEO 103; and GEO 120) and non-GEO courses
Spring GEO 211, one geography elective, one non-GEO course

THIRD YEAR
Fall GEO 330, GEO 334, and one geography elective
Spring GEO 333, GEO 425, GEO 460, two geography electives, or non-GEO requirements

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Remaining geography and non-GEO courses.

Geography - B.A./M.A.

Specialization In International Economic And Business Geography

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.9 in the prerequisite courses.
Two letters of recommendation from instructors of the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Acceptance to the MA portion of this program requires submission of GRE scores. We recommend this be done between the third and fourth year.

Most of these courses are only offered once each year; therefore, students need to plan ahead to be certain that they enroll in the required courses during the appropriate semesters.

Students must apply to the department for full-time graduate status by fall of the fifth year.

Prerequisite Courses

GEO 103 and three additional geography courses.

Required Courses

ECO 181 Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Microeconomics
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 Bases of World Commerce
GEO 334 International Environment & Commercial Problems
GEO 366 Urban Geography
GEO 389 Business Geographics
GEO 411 Multivariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 419 Transportation and Society
GEO 425 Industrial Geography
GEO 497 Geography Honors Program
GEO 502 Survey Methods in Geography
GEO 531 Introduction to International Trade
GEO 625 Industrial Geography
GEO 631 Project Guidance or GEO 639 Special Topics in Trade
GEO 632 Macro Issues in Trade
GEO 634 World Regional and Cultural Systems
GEO 636 Spatial Problems of Multinational Corporations
GEO 640 Asia-Pacific Economy
GEO 680 Technology, Globalization, and Development
One approved undergraduate-level elective
Two approved graduate-level electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion...46
Total required credit hours for the BA/MA...79

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's policies and procedures manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all MA requirements, the combined degree is conferred at the end of the fifth year.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall Four general education courses or electives
Spring Four general education courses or electives

SECOND YEAR
Fall ECO 181, GEO 103, GEO 330, two general education courses or electives
Spring ECO 182, GEO 120, GEO 333, two general education courses or electives

THIRD YEAR
Fall GEO 366, GEO 389, GEO 211, one general education course or elective
Spring GEO 334, GEO 411, GEO 419, GEO 425, one general education course or elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall GEO 490, GEO 531, GEO 632, one general education course or approved undergraduate-level elective
Spring GEO 625, GEO 636, one general education course or approved undergraduate-level elective, one approved graduate-level elective

FIFTH YEAR
Fall GEO 502, GEO 634, GEO 680, one approved graduate-level elective
Spring GEO 631 or GEO 639; GEO 640

Geography - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

MINORS
Earth Systems Science
General Geography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography
Geography of International Business and World Trade
Urban and Regional Analysis

For detailed information, stop in at the main office, 105 Wilkeson, or contact the director of undergraduate studies.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:12 EST