Professors: Timothy J. Bailey, Catherine A. Hooey
Associate Professor: Hyun Joong Kim
Instructor: Michele Barnaby
Geography is a spatial science that explores the interactions between the human and environmental dimensions of our ever-changing world. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in geography provides students with a foundation in geographic knowledge, spatial theory and applied analytical skills, providing a solid background for students in pursuit of careers in a variety of fields and for those who wish to pursue graduate work.
The program focuses on those elements of geography that are most critical in today's society: environmental geography, which concentrates on the interaction of people and the environment; urban planning, an applied science that involves decision-making about city growth; community development, which focuses on locally-driven social and economic development; Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a computer-based technological application that combines data management and modeling with the explanatory powers of maps and digital display. Students who demonstrate competency in GIS upon completion of the introductory level GIS course may apply to participate in a paid internship program.
Geography majors choose a variety of minors depending on their interests. Minors in political science, economics, history, business or a modern language are common.
The geography major requires a total of 38 hours, at least 29 of which must be upper division geography courses, distributed as follows: