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Geography is the science of location. As such, it is concerned with the identification, classification, and location analysis of peoples and places in the world's major physical and cultural regions. Specifically, geographers try to understand how people use the land they live on and what makes the land different from other areas. Geographic concerns include the nature of places, human impact on the environment and the proper use of land. These concerns have ramifications for travel and tourism, environmental planning, urban, regional and transportation planning, cartography and computer analysis of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Concentration Requirements

Lower-Level Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Geography
  • GEO 101: World Regional Geography
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Science
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Environmental/Physical Geography
12 cr

Upper-Level Core Courses:

  • Environmental/Physical Geography
  • Regional Geography (specific countries or areas)
  • Geographic Techniques/Mapping/Geographic Information Systems
9 cr  
Lower/Upper Level Electives12cr    
GEO 499: Capstone3 cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Geography will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the location of the world's geographical features, including physical landscapes/environments and the patterns of human activity, including nations and their major cities;
  2. explain the origin and nature of the world's cultural regions and their interaction with their physical environment. This will include an understanding of the spatial dimensions of demography, world religions, world languages, geopolitical patterns, and economic regions as a result of patterns of past and present industrial activity and geopolitical ties;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of a selection of the introductory concepts, models, analytical techniques, and mapping geographers apply in a work, regional and local context, particularly the use of maps, aerial photographs, and computers for analyses of geographic information (GIS); and
  4. explain issues and problems in the world today, including but not limited to: natural hazards and environmental risks, environmental problems and sustainability, economic blocs, cultural regions, international development, and geopolitical conflict.