Geography, B.A.

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


30 Credits Required

GEO 200 – Human Geography
GEO 201 – Physical Geography
GEO 270 – Maps and Mapmaking Technology
GEO 290 – Research Methods in Geography
GEO 360 – Introduction to GIS
GEO 490 – Seminar in Geographic Thought

Select one:

Select one:

  • GEO 204 — Principles of Sustainability 
  • GEO 205 — Economic Geography
  • GEO 208 — Political Geography
  • GEO 260 — Population Geography
  • GEO 265 — Recreation Geography
  • GEO 301 — Landforms
  • GEO 305 — Environmental Economic Geography
  • GEO 357 — Coastal and Marine Geography
  • GEO 362 — Urban Geography
  • GEO 404 — Applied Sustainability Science
  • GEO 405 — Environmental Justice

Select one:

  • GEO 273 – Land Use Planning
  • GEO 280 – Geographic Information Systems for Inquiry in the Social Sciences
  • GEO 370 – Remote Sensing
  • GEO 371 – Cartography
  • GEO 381 – Geographic Information Systems for Business and Strategic Management
  • GEO 460 – GIS II
  • GEO 461 – Environmental GIS
  • GEO 470 – Field Techniques
  • GEO 481 – Spatial Analysis


No cognates are required for this program.


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).