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Majors, Minors, GIS Certificates


The Department of Geography has a very strong undergraduate program currently serving about 160 majors and 35 minors. We offer seven different major tracks, including geography, environmental, urban, geographic information science, meteorology, environmental prelaw, and globalization and development. The track system provides our students the opportunity to focus on the aspect of geography that interests them the most, while also obtaining a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the discipline as a whole. We also offer a geography minor, meteorology minor, and geographic information science (GIS) certificate. 

Our department is committed to excellence in both teaching and advising. Several of our faculty members have received teaching awards, and we are known across campus for the quality of our advising. As a geography major, you will meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor every semester during advising week, and you are always welcome to talk with your advisor at any time throughout the semester whenever questions may arise. In addition to advising our students about their academic programs, we provide timely information about internships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities as they arise. Many of our students complete internships and several of our students over the last few years have received nationally competitive awards.


We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our programs of study, the department, or the field of geography. Contact information for the Undergraduate Chair is provided to the right; please don't hesitate to contact the Undergraduate Chair if you don't find the information that you are looking for on our website. If you declare a Geography major, the Undergraduate Chair will assign you an advisor, who will work with you to develop a plan to complete both the University General Education requirements and courses within your major.


Geography Major (B.A. or B.S.)

Major code BA4231, BS4231
This program affords students flexibility in designing a curriculum that combines the traditions of physical and human geography with analytical and technical skills. In addition to differences in the College language requirement, the B.S. degree requires a concentration in Physical/Geospatial courses. 


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Download the Sample 4-Year Schedule

Download the Geography BS Major checklist 
Download the Sample 4-Year Schedule


Environmental Geography Major (B.S.)

Major code BS4232
This program provides concentrated study of the Earth's physical systems and human interactions with the environment. Environmental geography prepares students for careers in environmental planning, design, and restoration, as well as in environmental assessment and monitoring, resource management, natural areas preservation, and outdoor and environmental education. Students completing the program will develop competencies in a broad array of subjects spanning the natural and social sciences, as well as complementary analytical techniques.

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Urban Planning and Sustainability Major (B.S)

Major code BS4242
The Urban Planning and Sustainability major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to envision and craft urban environments that embrace the three key components of sustainability - environment, economy, and equity. Students completing this interdisciplinary, forward-looking program will develop sophisticated understandings of cities  and their role in the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The curriculum emphasizes urban, sustainability, and planning theory and process, in addition to a strong foundation in geography and its major analytical techniques.

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Geographic Information Science Major (B.S.)

Major code BS4235

The Geography - Geographic Information Science (GIScience) major provides students a strong technical background in quantitative geographic analysis, geographic information systems, and related mapping technologies. Job opportunities for GIScience specialists abound in both government and private sectors. Depending on skill level, career tracks could include geospatial data technician, geospatial database manager/administrator, cartographer, remote sensing imagery analyst, GIS analyst, software designer, GIS educator, and project manager.  Whether pursuing a career or graduate studies, students completing the major will be proficient with GIS, remote sensing, and cartographic theory and software-based applications. 

Download the Geographic Information Science Major checklist

Download the Sample 4-Year Schedule

Download the GISc brochure


Meteorology Major (B.S.)

Major code BS4238
Upon completion of the rigorous Meteorology curriculum, students will meet certification requirements of the National Weather Service and the American Meteorological Society; students will also be well prepared for graduate training in meteorology, climatology, or atmospheric physics. Our Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis maintains two weather stations, and through practicum courses students learn to make weather observations and issue public-oriented forecasts. 

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Download the Meteorology brochure


Environmental Prelaw Major (B.S.)

Major code BS4240
The Geography—Environmental Prelaw program is designed to prepare you for advanced study of environmental law. The goal of the program is to provide both a sound science background in environmental studies and a broad base of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences.

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Prelaw majors are encouraged to take advantage of resources provided by the College’s Pre-Law Advising Center including meeting with the Pre-Law Advisor and Specialist.


Globalization and Development (B.A.)

Major code BA4241

This major provides students with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary global issues and a geographical framework for analyzing key issues involved in national and international development, especially as it relates to the Global South.  Reflecting the discipline of Geography as a whole, this major emphasizes an integrated approach to studying the relationship of global change to individual and community well-being by combining the benefits of area studies with theoretical and topical investigations in the curriculum.  This major prepares students not only for graduate school or law school, but also for employment in a variety of fields, including non-profit and government work, particularly in the areas of community and international development, as well as for work in the private sector in an international context.

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Geography Minor

Minor code OR4231

The Geography minor program affords students flexibility in designing a curriculum that combines the traditions of physical and human geography with analytical and technical skills. Students may also use the minor to strengthen cognate skills for their major.


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Meteorology Minor

Major code OR4233

The Meteorology minor offers coursework in basic meteorology, meteorological observations, and forecasting, including a series of synoptic and mesoscale meteorology courses. The minor provides students with meteorological knowledge for related fields such as aviation, atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, or geology that will ultimately benefit them in their future careers. Students who wish to be employed full-time as a meteorologist should major in meteorology rather than seek a minor. The minor is open to all undergraduates except those enrolled in the Meteorology major.

Geography majors, with the exception of Meteorology majors, may earn the Meteorology Minor

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Geographic Information Science (GISc) Certificate

Major code CTGISU

The ability to think spatially, interpret maps, and creatively use geospatial technologies is a fundamental skill expected in a wide variety of careers today. Maps and mapping technologies also underlie a significant proportion of everyday decision makings. Acquiring such skills requires formal training in many topics related to the interdisciplinary field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience).  This certificate is designed for undergraduate students to complement their major with theoretical and applied knowledge of mapping and geospatial technologies. The curriculum ensures a balanced background in the three core areas of GIScience:

  1. theoretical foundations of mapping and geospatial analysis;

  2. use of geospatial technologies for creating, mapping, and analyzing geographic information; and

  3. general computational and/or information analysis skills. 


The certificate is open to all undergraduates except those enrolled in the Geographic Information Science (GISc) undergraduate major offered by the Department of Geography.

Geography majors, with the exception of GISc majors, may earn the GISc Certificate

Download the Geographic Information Science Certificate checklist