Major Requirements | Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

B.A. in Geography

Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Requirements: The College of Arts and Sciences requires 122 semester hours for the Geography B.A., to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level, plus additional requirements outlined in the General Education Curriculum.

The Geography Major requires a minimum of 27 semester hours in geography courses numbered 200 and higher. Students complete a core of four courses in the areas of physical geography, human/cultural geography, cartography and GIScience, and regional geography. Students may elect a general geography major or they may complete one of three concentrations: Urban Planning, Earth Science/Environmental Studies, or Geographic Information Science. Students may also complete a major in Geography with Social Studies High School Teaching Licensure, requirements are located in the University Catalog .

Core Requirements:

  • A grade of C- or better in each course toward completion of major
  • One geographic techniques course from GES 121, 322, 357, 358, 359
  • One earth science course from GES 103* or GES 106/106L*
  • One human geography course from GES 105, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 315
  • One regional geography course from GES 102, 104, 313, 333, 340, 344, 451, 491

* GES 103 or GES 106/106L satisfies one GNS/GPS requirement. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.

Click here to go to the University Catalog to see Geography course descriptions

Student Learning Goals

Students completing this major are expected to demonstrate a basic competence in earth science, human geography, and regional geography. In addition, they are expected to be able to successfully investigate geographic problems using the current research techniques and methodologies of the discipline and to clearly and effectively express their findings in both written and oral form.