Geography B.A.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A – E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Foreign Language 2002 - Intermediate II
Elementary Statistics
Select 12 credit hours of the following:
Foreign Language through 2001
Introduction to Anthropology
World History I: Development of World Civilization
Introduction to International Studies
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Sociology
If any of the above are used to satisfy other Areas in the Core, additional advisor-approved courses in Science, Math, Computers, or Foreign Language courses may be substituted
Major Requirements
GEOG   1101Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG   1111Physical Geography3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to GIS and Cartography
Remote Sensing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Cultural Anthropology
Global Issues
Students must complete 18 additional hours of upper-level geography coursework (3000-level and above), not to include more than 2 hours of GEOG 3790 - Teaching Internship in Geography and 6 hours of GEOG   5890 - Directed Study. 18
Alternatively, students may choose to complete 3 credit hours of upper-level geography coursework (3000-level and above) along with one of the following 15 credit hour Areas of Emphasis.
Environmental Studies Emphasis
Students will choose 15 hours from the following. At least 14 hours must be GEOG courses.
Weather and Climate
Population Geography
Environmental Impact and Remediation
Directed Study
Coastal Geology
Nature and Society
Sea Turtle Natural History
Global Studies Emphasis
Students will choose 15 hours from the following.
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Asia
Geography of Africa South of the Sahara
Urban Geography
Economic Geography
Population Geography
Political Geography
Nature and Society
Cultural Geography
Tourism Geographies
Directed Study
Minor (Approved by advisor)15
Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Strongly recommend minor in GIS)
Select 14 cr hrs of elective coursework (Must include 5-8 hrs of upper-division (3000+ level) in order to meet the 39 hrs of upper division coursework requirement).
Total Credit Hours124

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:

  • Be admitted to the Honor College;
  • Complete GEOG   4831 with a grade of B or higher;
  • Complete GEOG   4120 (with a grade of B or higher), GEOG   4830, and GEOG   4831 for a total of 8 credit hours;
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • Be in good standing in the Honor College at the time of graduation.


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