BA in Geography with Emphasis in Physical/ Environmental
Degree Program Description
Geographers are interested in a wide range of topics and often work in interdisciplinary teams that analyze challenges like environmental change, resource use, and economic issues in an increasingly interdependent world. Physical and environmental geography emphasizes the complex interactions between the natural world and human behavior. Students learn to identify, delineate and manage a range of environmental problems facing society from climate and vegetation change to river management. Geography prepares students for a variety of professions including careers in environmental impact assessment, mapping, remote sensing, geographic information analysis, government service, military intelligence, as well as education. Geographers are interested in a wide range of topics and often work in interdisciplinary teams that analyze challenges like environmental change, resource use, and economic issues in an increasingly interdependent world. Geography majors receive marketable skills during their undergraduate experience. Recent graduates work for companies such as ESRI and Garmin. MU geography graduates have also found employment with government agencies, including the National Park Service, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Missouri Department of Transportation.
Major Program Requirements
Physical and environmental geography emphasizes the complex interactions between the natural world and human behavior. Students learn to identify, delineate, and manage a range of environmental problems facing society from climate and vegetation change to river management. Students must take three of the following courses:
|GEOG 3600||Climates of the World||3|
|GEOG 3610||Physical Geography of the United States||3|
|GEOG 3630||Earth Surface Systems||3|
|GEOG 4620||Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life||3|
|GEOG 4630||River and Stream Dynamics||3|
|GEOG 4810||Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I||3|
Refer to the Semester Plan for the BA in Geography.
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