Jun 22, 2018
Program Coordinator: Dr. Mace Bentley
Phone: (540) 568-6260
The Geographic Science Program empowers, inspires and motivates students to become competent critical thinkers who will prepare for lifelong learning, respond to intellectual challenges with interest, excitement and competence, and see themselves as global citizens actively involved in the world around them. The Geographic Science Program prepares students who are confident in their abilities as geographers. Graduates have the skills to make a professional contribution to the field, and to compete in graduate programs and the job market. They are highly qualified for careers in research and development and are equipped for long-term success as professionals in the field of geography.
Through the study of geography, students will:
- Understand and properly use the terminology and concepts that are central to the discipline of geography, and explain how these concepts evolved over time.
- Effectively use appropriate geospatial technologies to address questions about human interactions within the built or natural environments.
- Be productive participants in research efforts aimed at measuring, describing, analyzing, and explaining the underlying processes giving rise to geographic phenomena.
- Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
- Evaluate human-environment interactions from a holistic point of view that addresses geographic, as well as political, social, economic and ethical factors affecting those interactions.
- Demonstrate civic responsibility and appreciation for cultural and physical diversity from local to global scales.
The geography major is divided into concentration areas. Each of these offers a unique set of career opportunities.
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
- Geography Club
- Gama Theta Upsilon (International Geographical Honor Society)
Degree and Major Requirements
- General Education 41 Credit Hours 1
- Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
- Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hours
- Major requirements 46 Credit Hours
- Electives 16-30 Credit Hours
1 For Honors students, the advanced sequence is GEOG 499 A, B, C .
2 Students may opt for a capstone experience that entails three or six hours of independent research (GEOG 490 ), with the approval of and in close consultation with a project adviser.
In addition to the geography core courses, students must choose a concentration, listed in the "Concentrations" section. All courses for the major must be taken on a graded basis. Students must earn a "C" or better in each of the core courses as they are prerequisites to most concentration courses.
In addition to the geography core requirements, students in the customized concentration must complete one of the following methods courses:
Students will choose from a set of courses, approved by a program adviser, on the basis of how they fit together thematically and support the educational objectives of the GS program. Students must take a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above (in addition to the methods course). At least 6 of these credit hours must be at the 400 level or above.