Geography Concentrations | Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

B.S. in Geography

Geography Concentrations

Earth Science Concentration

A central theme in geography is human interaction with the Earth’s physical environment. This concentration permits students to apply the basic scientific principles of physical geography, cartography and natural resource analysis to the problem of ensuring a high quality of life through maintenance of the natural processes that support human existence. This concentration also provides training to enhance the employment opportunities of students with a strong interest in environmental assesement and resource evaluation.

Requirements

    • Satisfaction of the B.S. Geography Foundational Courses in the Earth Science concentration
    • GES 121/121L
    • One of the following: GES 322, 325, 357, 358, 359
    • One of the following: GES 105, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 315
    • One of the following: GES 102, 104, 313, 333, 340, 344, 451, 491
    • All of the following: GES 314/314L,  319/319L, 418
  • Five courses (not already taken from the above listing) from GES 205, 305, 312, 325, 328, 330, 358, 359, 419, 450

Geographic Information Science Concentration

Students with this concentration will develop skills in using maps, geospatial computer programs, and remotely sensed images to answer geographic questions relevant to land use planning, urban development, geomorphic or biogeographic processes, or environmental impact assessment. A capstone course (GES 421), including a faculty directed major project is completed in the final semester.

Requirements

  • Satisfaction of the B.S. Geography Foundational Courses in the Geographic Information Science concentration
  • GES 121/121L, 322, 314/314L, 319/319L
  • One of the following: GES 105, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 315
  • One of the following: GES 102, 104, 313, 333, 340, 344, 451, 491
  • All of the following: CSC 120,  GES 325, 357, 358, 359, 457, 458, 459
  • GES 421, to be taken after completion of GIS required courses in the preceding “All of the following” category

Urban Planning Concentration

The inter-regional shift of people and jobs in the United States and elsewhere over the past decades coupled with the movement away from large central cities has increased the need for formal urban and regional planning. Planners are needed in the private sector as well as in state and local governments to provide the appropriate kinds of economic and community development that will ensure a high quality of life in both developed and developing countries. In a growth region like the Southeastern United States, geographers with a planning background are in increasing demand.

Requirements

  • Satisfaction of the B.S. Geography Foundational Courses in the Urban Planning concentration
  • GES 121/121L, GES 357
  • One of the following: GES314/314L  or GES 319/319L
  • One of the following: GES 303, 306, or 315
  • One of the following: GES 102, 104, 313, 333, 340, 344, 451, 491
  • All of the following: GES 301, 302, 304, 358, 402, and 432
  • Six courses (not already taken from the above listing) from: GES 303, 306, 320, 322, 325, 331, 344, 357, 359, 402, 433