BA in Geography with Emphasis in Regional/ Cultural
Degree Program Descriptions
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. Students studying human geography are trained to understand and analyze the social and cultural elements which generate regional differences. Assessing population patterns, political activity, urban planning, and linguistic distributions are included in this area. 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
Students studying human geography are trained to understand and analyze the social and cultural elements which generate regional differences. Assessing population patterns, political activity, urban planning, and linguistic distributions are included in this area. Students are required to take three courses (normally nine hours) in the emphasis. Two additional courses (six additional hours) are selected from a secondary emphasis area.
|GEOG 3140||Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean||3|
|GEOG 3270||Geography of the Middle East||3|
|GEOG 3510||Historical Geography of North America||3|
|GEOG 3560||Native American Geographies||3|
|GEOG 3760||Geography of the World's Religions||3|
|GEOG 3780||World Political Geography: Patterns and Processes||3|
|GEOG 3800||Geography of Travel and Tourism||3|
|GEOG 4560||Resources and Indigenous Peoples||3|
|GEOG 4770||Migration and Immigration||3|
|GEOG 4850||Transportation Geography||3|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||MATH 1100*||3|
|GEOL 1100*||4||GEOG 2610||3|
|GEOG 1100||3||(Foreign Language)* ^||5-6|
|(Foreign Language)* ^||5-6||Elective/minor course||3|
|Foreign Language*||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|Social Science Course (MO State Law)*||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|Elective/Minor Course||3||Writing Intensive Course*||3|
|GEOG 1800||3||GEOG 1550||3|
|3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3||GEOG 3840 or 3040||3|
|(Biological/Physical Science Course)* ^||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||3|
|Social Science Course (2000+)||3||3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3|
|3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3||Social Science Course (2000+)*||3|
|3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Course (2000+)*||3|
|Social Science Course*||3||Biological/Physical Science Course with Lab||3-5|
|Elective/Minor Course (3000+)|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||3||GEOG 4990||3|
|STAT 1200 or 1300||3||(3000+ level Geog emphasis course)^||3|
|3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3||Elective/Minor Course||3|
|Elective/Minor Course (3000+)||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Course (2000+)*||3|
|Elective/Minor Course||3||Elective/Minor Course (3000+)||3|
|Total Credits: 119-123|
Requires 120 credits for graduation.
Denotes General Education and A&S Foundation Requirements
Denotes Degree Program Requirements
Denotes Emphasis Area Requirements
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