All students seeking the Baccalaureate degree in Geography are required to complete one of the following courses
GEOG 410, Geographical Techniques and Thought
GEOG 415, Internship - 3-6 hours
GEOG 416 Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Each of these courses requires the student to demonstrate a professional level of capabilities in Geography. Hence, any one of these courses may satisfy the Department's required Capstone Experience. Note that, as faculty resources, interests, and expertise are subject to change for a variety of reasons the following classes may be substituted for the Capstone Experience, when offered:
Geog 440, Special Topics in Regional Geography
Geog 441, Special Topics in Human Geography
Geog 442, Special Topics in Physical Geography
Geog 443, Special Topics in Applied GIS, Spatial Analysis or Remote Sensing
Geog 499, Independent Study.
Normally, students participate in these courses during one of the last two semesters of their studies.
Typically, a Capstone Experience culminates in a major term paper, an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation, which is evaluated by the faculty. The goal is to demonstrate proficient communication skills at the professional level. However, Geography is a broad and diverse discipline, and there are many ways to communicate geographic data and analysis, including (but not limited to or requiring all)
- Traditional term papers
- Oral presentations
- Poster presentations
- Electronic products such as maps, interactive modules, and computer models
- Advanced geo-spatial analysis
- Presentation and interpretation of original field or laboratory research.
Given the high level of diversity within the field of Geography and among the Geography faculty, the Department's Capstone Experience must allow students the opportunity to demonstrate communication of Geographic data and analysis at a professional level in a variety of formats, as outlined above. Accordingly, the course instructor will select the specific Capstone product for assessment in each course.
Student Name____________________________________ Student Number _______________
Title and Course Number of Capstone Course _________________________________________
Semester Capstone Course Requested (Circle One) Fall Spring Summer Year _______
Number of Credit Hours Completed In Geography prior to Capstone Course: __________________
Number of (all) Credit Hours Completed prior to Capstone Course: ________________________
Please describe the nature of the work to be done in the Capstone Class (listed above) that will be completed in order to satisfy the Capstone Experience requirements:
I have met with the Instructor for this Capstone Course and I understand and agree to the terms and conditions for completion as established by the Instructor.
|I accept this student’s Application for Capstone Experience
credit in the course listed above.
Instructor of Record Date________________
Program Chair Date ________________