Geography

Welcome to Geography!

Department offices are located in 203 Copeland Hall.

What is Geography?

Geography is the study of the earth and the ways people interact with it and on it. Geographers are deeply interested in the ideas of space and place. Geography involves more than memorizing states and capitals. It’s a unique way of looking at the world and finding answers to geographic questions.

Physical geographers concentrate on the earth and topics such as weather, climate, soils, landforms, and the natural environment.

Human geographers concentrate on people and their activities, such as culture, economics, political systems, and history.

The technologies of Geographic Information Science, such as cartography, Geographic Information Systems, and remote sensing are used by both physical and human geographers to bring a spatial perspective to our knowledge of the world.

Become a Geography major!

You can choose from undergraduate degrees in Geography (BA or BS), Geography and GIScience (BS), and a teaching subject endorsement for Education degrees. We also offer Minors in Geography, GIScience, and Environmental Science. See our degree brochures below for more information!

The department is located in 203 Copeland Hall, which includes laboratories for GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography, and Physical Geography. There are five full-time faculty members with diverse teaching and research interests.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Geography Major
A blend of Physical and Human Geography, and geographic techniques. Requires a minor or second major in another subject, foreign language competency, and the standard General Studies Program for graduation. A solid liberal arts degree!

Bachelor of Science (BS) - Geography Major
A blend of Physical and Human Geography, and geographic techniques. Same as the Bachelor of Arts, except that the foreign language component is replaced with courses of a scientific nature. Also an outstanding liberal arts degree!

Bachelor of Science (BS) - Geography and GIScience Major
A blend of Physical and Human Geography that includes an emphasis in Geographic Information Science. GIScience is the science behind the geographic information technologies of cartography, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and the Global Positioning System. This major is ideal for students seeking employment in technologically driven geographic fields. An excellent way to open the door to your future!

Bachelor of Arts in Education or Bachelor of Science in Education
Teaching Subject Endorsement in Geography
Designed for students who wish to teach Geography in Middle and High Schools. Also requires a second teaching subject or field endorsement, the Professional Education sequence of courses, and the standard General Studies Program. If you like teaching and geography, this is the one for you!

Geography Minor
The Geography Minor is similar to the Majors, but with fewer courses. It is used to add a geographic and spatial component to majors in the Natural and Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Business.

GIScience Minor
The GIScience Minor concentrates in the geographic information technologies of cartography, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and the Global Positioning System. This minor is a popular choice for majors in the Natural and Social Sciences and Business and Technology fields that use geographic information concepts and techniques. This additional training will give you an edge in the career market or graduate school!

Environmental Science Minor
The Environmental Science Minor is an interdisciplinary minor taught by Geography, Biology, and Chemistry. It provides a scientific foundation which will support majors in the many disciplines which relate to the Earth’s natural environment, including the natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. It may be combined with any of the Geography baccalaureate Majors.

For more information, please contact Geography at (308) 865-8355.