BA in Geography
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 1100||Regions and Nations of the World I||3|
|or GEOG 1200||Regions and Nations of the World II|
|GEOG 1550||Introduction to the Humanized Earth||3|
|GEOG 1800||Digital Earth: Introduction to the Geospatial Technologies||3|
|GEOG 2610||Climate, Landforms and Vegetation: Introduction to Physical Geography||3|
|or GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS|
|GEOG 4990||Senior Seminar in Geography||3|
|Statistics: Select one of the following||3|
|Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
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||Second language II*||4-6|
|Second language I*||4-6||Elective/minor course||3|
|GEOG 1800||3||GEOG 1550||3|
|Second language III*||3-4||GEOG 3840 or 3040^||3|
|Social Science Course (MO State Law)*||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|Elective/Minor Course||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|3000+ level Geog emphasis course||3||Writing Intensive Course*||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+)|
|STAT 1200 or 1300||3||GEOG 4990^||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||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: 117-124|
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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