Geography / Earth Science Program Options

Geography Major (39 Credits)

The Geography major is designed to provide students with a broad academic background. Geography majors have an extremely high level of flexibility in choosing from a wide breadth of elective courses that match their personal interests.

Geography Major: Environmental Science Concentration (54 - 58 Credits)

The major is designed to provide students with a strong background in Geography and Earth Science while offering flexibility in choosing relevant electives in Geography and in related support areas such as Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Geography Major: Geographic Information Science Concentration (42 - 43 Credits)

GIS has become an integral part of the discipline of Geography. This major is structured to give a solid, well-rounded geography background with an emphasis on using geotechnology like GIS, remote sensing, and surveying equipment to solve problems. Students create and analyze maps, interpret satellite imagery, and collect field data to study the environment.

Geography Major: Teacher Certification (40 Credits)

The Geography major Teacher Certification program is designed to provide students with a structured Geography and Earth Science background while allowing flexibility to choose elective courses of their own interest to complete the program.

Geography Minor (26 Credits)

As a discipline, geography borrows from many fields. It is the cross-disciplinary nature the appeals to students studying in many different fields. This program is designed to give students an applied, spatial perspective when analyzing local, regional, and global events and issues. Students will learn to apply their knowledge of patterns, distributions, and location towards solving problems in their chosen field.

Geography Minor: Teacher Certification (24 Credits)

The Geography minor Teacher Certification program is designed to provide students with a structured Geography and Earth Science background while allowing students flexibility to choose elective courses of their own interest if desired.

Geographic Information Science Minor (21 Credits)

Analyzing spatial information is not something unique to geography. Nearly every discipline has issues of location associated with it. Geographic Information Systems are a powerful tool for a wide breadth of academic and professional fields.

GIS is a tool for studying spatial problems that has applications ranging from business planning to public health to ecosystem management. It links a database with map features in such a way that users can input, store, retrieve, and analyze geographic data. GIS users are constantly discovering creative new ways to solve problems.

Our GIS minor is an attractive option for students from many disciplines and academic backgrounds. It is flexible enough to meet individual needs and is a great companion to a variety of majors. Students studying a variety of disciplines can choose the GIS minor as a way to enhance their academic programs and resume making themselves highly marketable in their professional field of choice.

Geoarchaeology Minor (21 Credits)

Geoarchaeology involves a number of sciences that can contribute to the interpretation of an archaeological site. Among the types of studies geoarchaeologists undertake are archaeological site location by physical and chemical methods, geomorphological analysis, stratigraphic studies, analysis of sediments and archaeological deposits, environmental analysis, and examining the relationships between human activities and the landscape.

Earth Science Minor (24 Credits)

The impact of human activities on our environment has been working its way to the forefront of scientific concerns. Scientists are just beginning to gain a good grasp of the complex interaction of natural phenomena and human activities. The Earth Science minor draws on topics and perspectives from the physical and social sciences as well as the humanities to underscore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental concerns. This program is designed to prepare students from all academic disciplines to become conversant in a range of environmental topics, in both their personal and professional lives.

Earth Science Minor: Teacher Certification (24 Credits)

The impact of human activities on our environment has been working its way to the forefront of scientific concerns. Scientists are just beginning to gain a good grasp of the complex interaction of natural phenomena and human activities. The Earth Science minor draws on topics and perspectives from the physical and social sciences as well as the humanities to underscore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental concerns. This program is designed to prepare students to become conversant in a range of environmental topics, in their professional lives.