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Geography BA & BS

The Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Geography. We also offer concentrations in Geographic Information Systems and Travel & Tourism, and a minor in geography. A Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Geography is offered through the College of Continuing Studies.

Checklist for Geography Major

 

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography consists of 36 credit hours plus two years of college work in one foreign language or the equivalent as determined by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Lower division requirements

GEOG 1000 - Fundamentals of World Regional Geography - 3 credits or
GEOG 1020 - Introduction to Human Geography - 3 credits,
GEOG 1060 - Physical Geography: Climate and Waters - 4 credits, and
GEOG 1070 - Physical Geography: Soils and Landforms - 4 credits,
* If Geography 1030 is taken prior to a major declaration, then Geography 1070 and Geography 3510 must be taken to satisfy the core in physical geography. Geography 3510 in this case then also counts toward upper division physical requirements.

Advanced Writing Course

English 2400 has been approved as the advanced writing course for geography Majors (both B.S. and B.A.)

Upper division requirements: (Courses with an asterisk following the name are offered only on an irregular basis.)

Courses from the following group are required:

Group 1

a. Physical (choose one of the following):

GEOG 3510 - Meteorology - 3 credits,
GEOG 4040 - Geoarchaeology* - 3 credits
GEOG 4100 - Biogeography* - 3 credits
GEOG 4260 - Process Geomorphology - 3 credits
GEOG 4320 - Climatology - 3 credits
GEOG 4330 - Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification* - 3 credits
GEOG 4340 - Water Resources* - 3 credits

b. Human (choose two of the following):

GEOG 3130 - Economic Geography - 3 credits
GEOG 3440 - Nebraska Resource Management* - 3 credits
GEOG 3930 - Political Geography - 3 credits
GEOG 4010 - Conservation of Natural Resources - 3 credits
GEOG 4120 - Urban Geography - 3 credits
GEOG 4150 - Geography, Gender, and Work - 3 credits
GEOG 4160 - The American Urban Landscape* - 3 credits
GEOG 4550 - Geography of Economic Globalization - 3 credits
GEOG 4900 - Urbanization in Developing Areas - 3 credits.

Group 2

Regional (choose one from a and one from b)

a. US (choose one):

GEOG 3330 - United States and Canada - 3 credits
GEOG 4230 - Great Plains and Nebraska - 3 credits
GEOG 4530 - Historical Geography of the United States* - 3 credits.


b. World (choose one):

GEOG 3000 - Travel Study in Geography - 3 credits (offered in the first summer evening session)
GEOG 3030 - Geography of Africa* - 3 credits
GEOG 3050 - Geography in Film - 3 credits (Fall semester)
GEOG 3060 - Geography of Middle America - 3 credits
GEOG 3070 - Geography of South America* - 3 credits
GEOG 3080 - East and Southeast Asia* - 3 credits
GEOG 3230 - Geography of Europe* - 3 credits
GEOG 3240 - Russia and the Former Soviet Republics - 3 credits

Group 3

Techniques

The following two courses are required and offered every semester

GEOG 3530 - Cartography and GIS - 2 credits
GEOG 3540 - Cartography and GIS Lab - 2 credits


and one of the following:

GEOG 2620 - Aerial Photographic Interpretation* - 3 credits
GEOG 4020 - Quantitative Methods in Geography* - 3 credits
GEOG 4030 - Computer Mapping and Data Analysis - 3 credits
GEOG 4050 - Geographic Information Systems I - 4 credits (offered Fall and Spring)
GEOG 4610 - Field Methods in Geography and Geology - 3 credits
GEOG 4630 - Environmental Remote Sensing - 4 credits
GEOG 4660 - Geographic Information Systems II - 4 credits (offered Spring semester)
GEOG 4800 - Internship in Environmental / Regional Planning / Earth Science

One additional upper level course (3000- or 4000-level) from the three groups must be selected to complete the major.

Bachelor of Science

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in geography are the same as for the B.A. except that in lieu of a foreign language, the following courses are required:

Computer Science 1500 and College of Information Science and Technology Core Course(CIST) 1400, or other computer course by arrangement with an advisor.
MATH 1530, or STAT 3000, or other statistics course by arrangement with an advisor,
English 2400,
plus 3 additional hours in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics.


Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Department also offers, in addition to a general geography major, an undergraduate concentration in Geographic Information Processing within the Bachelor of Science Program. In order to receive a certificate for the special concentration, a student must include the following courses as part of or in addition to the 36 hour minimum in geography and 15 hours B.S. requirement:

Computer Science - Select 9 hours from the following:

CIST 1300 Introduction to Web Development (3)
CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
CIST 1404 Introduction to Computer Programming Lab (1)
CSCI 1500 Beginning Programming (3)
CSCI 1620 Introduction to Computer Science II (3)
CSCI 2830 Java Programming (3)
CSCI 2840 C++ and Object Oriented Programming (3)
CSCI 2850 Programming on the Internet (3)

and the following:

MATH 1530 (or other approved statistics course)
MATH 1320 or 1330
Geography 3530, 3540 and 4050 or 4030

Travel & Tourism

The courses in this track examine the world's culture regions and the socio-economics of tourism. Additional courses can be chosen to help the student acquire a sense of place as well as strategies for learning about new locations. Some students might also want to study geographical information systems (GEOG 4050 GIS I) to assess the character of specific tourist destinations.

Geography 1000 and 1020
Geography 3000
Select Two from the following:

GEOG  3060  Geography  of  Middle  America  (3) 
GEOG  3130  Economic  Geography  (3) 
GEOG  3230  Geography  of  Europe  (3) 
GEOG  3240  Russia  and  Former  Soviet  Republics  (3) 
GEOG  3330  United  States  and  Canada  (3) 
GEOG  4230  Great  Plains  and  Nebraska  (3) 

Geography 3530 and 3540
Select  One  from the following:

RLS  2920  Education  of  Leisure  (3)
RLS  4000  Special  Topics  in  Recreation  and  Leisure  Studies  (3) (when taught as Travel and Tourism)

Minor

A minor in geography requires a minimum of 22-24 credit hours including 1000 or 1020, 1060, 1070, plus an additional four upper level courses under specific faculty advisement.

 

Bachelor of General Studies, Concentration in Geography

A concentration in Geography is also offered through the College of Continuing Studies which leads to the Bachelor of General Studies.