BA in Geography

Director of Undergraduate Studies:  Douglas Hurt

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.  Geography majors receive marketable skills during their undergraduate experience. All majors must select one of the four emphasis areas: General Geography, Geographic Information Sciences, Physical/Environmental, Regional/Cultural, or Urban/Population.  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.

Major Program Requirements

Students majoring in geography are required to take a total of 33 credits in geography and 3 in statistics. The geography major consists of 21 core credits and at least 15 credits in one of the four geography emphasis areas. In addition, students must complete all degree, College of Arts and Sciences and University requirements including University general education.

Major core requirements

GEOG 1100Regions and Nations of the World I3
or GEOG 1200 Regions and Nations of the World II
GEOG 1550Introduction to the Humanized Earth3
GEOG 1800Digital Earth: Introduction to the Geospatial Technologies3
GEOG 2610Climate, Landforms and Vegetation: Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG 3840Cartography3
or GEOG 3040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS
GEOG 4990Senior Seminar in Geography3
Statistics: Select one of the following3
Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Elementary Statistics
Or Higher
Total Credits21

Semester Plan

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGLSH 1000*3MATH 1100*3
GEOL 1100*4GEOG 2610^3
GEOG 1100^3Foreign Language*5-6
Foreign Language*5-6Elective/minor course3
 15-16 14-15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language*3Behavioral Science Course*3
Social Science Course (MO State Law)*3Behavioral Science Course*3
Elective/Minor Course3Writing Intensive Course*3
GEOG 18003GEOG 15503
3000+ level Geog emphasis course3GEOG 3840 or 3040^3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Biological/Physical Science Course*3Humanities/Fine Arts Course*3
Social Science Course (2000+)33000+ level Geog emphasis course3
3000+ level Geog emphasis course3Social Science Course (2000+)*3
3000+ level Geog emphasis course3Humanities/Fine Arts Course (2000+)*3
Social Science Course*3Biological/Physical Science Course with Lab3-5
 Elective/Minor Course (3000+) 
 15 15-17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Humanities/Fine Arts Course*3GEOG 4990^3
STAT 1200 or 130033000+ level Geog emphasis course3
3000+ level Geog emphasis course3Elective/Minor Course3
Elective/Minor Course (3000+)3Humanities/Fine Arts Course (2000+)*3
Elective/Minor Course3Elective/Minor Course (3000+)3
 15 15
Total Credits: 119-123
*

Denotes General Education and A&S Foundation Requirements

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Denotes Degree Program Requirements

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Denotes Emphasis Area Requirements

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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