Geography B.S.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
MATH   1112College Trigonometry3
or MATH   1113 Pre-Calculus
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
GEOG   1111Climate and the Landscape3
MATH   1441Calculus I4
STAT   2231Introduction to Statistics I3
Select two of the following electives:8
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (if not taken in Area D)
Principles of Chemistry I (if not taken in Area D)
Introduction to the Earth (if not taken in Area D)
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Physics I (if not taken in Area D)
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
Required Courses:17
Introduction to Human Geography
Introduction to GIS and Cartography
Introduction to Research
Intermediate GIS
Remote Sensing
Major Electives:24
Select 24 hours of Upper Division Geography courses (GEOG 3000-level and above) 1
May include no more than 2 hours of GEOG 3790 - Teaching Internship in Geography and 6 hours of GEOG   5890 - Directed Study
Select 16-19 credit hours of Electives16-19
Foreign Language (2001 Level)
Carryover from the Core, if applicable0-3
Total Credit Hours126

Students pursuing Senior Thesis Research must earn a minimum grade of B in Introduction to Research (GEOG   4120), have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 upon completion of Introduction to Research (GEOG   4120), and complete Senior Thesis Research I (GEOG   4830) and Senior Thesis Research II (GEOG   4831).

Program Requirements

  • Geography majors must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA across all Geography coursework (any course with GEOG prefix).

Honors in Geography

Students majoring in Geography (BS or BA) may pursue an Honors in Geography program.  Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.2 after 45 credit hours of coursework and approval of Geology and Geography faculty to commence the Honors program.

To graduate with Honors in Geography, a student must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a 3.2 in a minor.
  • Complete a senior thesis (BA or BS degree) with a minimum grade of “B” in GEOG   4831. The thesis will be supervised by a Geology/Geography faculty member.
  • Complete GEOG   4120, GEOG   4830, and GEOG   4831 (senior thesis research sequence) for a total of 8 credit hours.
  • Present a departmental seminar on the thesis research.


COSM Advisement Center, Engineering Building, Room 1116, (912) 478-0649. Senior thesis research is advised by Geography Faculty in the Department of Geology and Geography, Herty Building, Phone: (912) 478-5361.