The Geography Program offers a B.A. degree program that includes a full range of courses in the fundamentals of geography, taught mainly by full-time faculty.
Geography is a science that focuses on the spatial analysis of human/physical patterns and processes. Geographers attempt to identify the factors affecting the distribution of people and their activities on the surface of the earth and to provide meaningful solutions to problems faced by societies. This discipline is an ideal major for the liberal arts student, providing exposure to the concepts and techniques utilized in investigating environmental issues, socioeconomic problems, and planning policies.
The program is designed to provide the student interested in economic, physical, or social geography with the background necessary for obtaining a rewarding career in government (federal, state, local) or private industry, as well as preparing students for graduate work.
Five degree options are available for the major in geography:
- General Geography (36 credit hours), gives majors a broad background in geography.
- Environmental Science (EnvS) (40 credit hours), allows geography majors to concentrate on coursework in environmental science.
- Environmental Studies (40 credit hours), gives geography majors the opportunity to concentrate on the topic of human-environmental interaction, emphasizing policy and social issues.
- Urban Studies (39 credit hours), allows geography majors to concentrate on social and spatial aspects of metropolitan growth and change. Students are given the opportunity to take advanced planning courses in their junior and senior years.
- Earth Science (ES) (41 credit hours), allows geography majors to concentrate on studying natural and physical processes within and on the surface of the planet.
Find more information about the programs, courses and faculty on the geography and environment sciences department website.