Geography is the study of the location and interrelationships of human and physical phenomena
on the earth's surface. Because of its emphasis on spatial organization and distribution of these
phenomena, geography has a broad cross-disciplinary base. Topics of study such as cartography,
climatology, landform analysis, remote sensing, settlement theory, spatial interaction, and urban
morphology indicate the breadth of contemporary geography. The undergraduate major in geography
includes the study of cultural, economic, physical, and regional geography, as well as cartography,
quantitative methods, and field work. Backgrounds in the natural and social sciences, humanities,
statistical methods, and computer programming are useful to the geography major. The geography
program allows students to select a curriculum best suited to their particular interests or
future plans. Depending on their interests or plans, geography majors must select a program
leading to either a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Bachelor of Science in Geography
Minor in Geography
Geography Honors Program
The Department of Geography provides a certificate program in Cartography, Photogrammetry,
and Remote Sensing. An application is available in the office of Urban Affairs and Geography.
The following are the requirements for successful completion:
Included is a group of five courses exposing participants to the latest developments in data collection
and analysis techniques, aerial and space cameras and sensors, photographic materials and reproduction
processes, and mapping procedures, including computer mapping. Upon completing these courses, each
participant must present a portfolio of materials for faculty review and complete an oral review of his or her work with the faculty
The successful completion of the five courses prescribed in the program announcement;
Submission for evaluation, a portfolio of cartographic and research reports, representing
scholastic achievements in the cartography -photogrammetry and remote sensing courses;
An oral review of the items included in the portfolio with the faculty who have reviewed these materials.
Geography Honors Program
The geography honors program allows superior students to work on a geographic problem of their own choosing.
Applicants must be majors in geography, have senior standing with 41-44 hours of geography courses to their credit,
and meet certain minimum grade point averages. Candidates are required to complete an honors project under
the direction of a geography faculty member. Successful completion of the project, including written and
oral project reports, carries four academic credits and entitles students to graduate with honors in
geography. Geography honors students are encouraged to participate in the University Honors Program;
interested students should contact the departmental coordinator of the program.