The study of Geography encourages the investigation of the “where” and “why” of human and natural phenomena, and the interrelationships between people and their environment. Students have the option to take a variety of classes covering the major subfields in geography: “Physical Geography“, “Human Geography” and “Geographic techniques”. Physical geography includes “Geomorphology”, “Biogeography”, “Meteorology”, and “Climatology”. Human geography includes “Economic Geography”, “Political Geography”, and “Regional Geography”, the study of specific countries or cultural regions. Geographic techniques develop specific skills in cartography (map-making), satellite imagery analysis, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS).
Our students have used their skills to find employment in a variety of fields. Recent graduates are employed by city, county and state governments, the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A minor in geography emphasizes the processes that affect the Earth and the interaction between humans and the environment. This may include examination of the areas of meteorology, climatology, biogeography, soils, geomorphology, cultural geography, mapping and other geographic techniques.Geography Major Checklist
A minor in Geography requires a minimum of twenty-three (23) semester hours and must include GY 120 OR GY 220; GY 250, GY 252 and GY 251, GY 253 OR GL 241, GL 243 and GL 242, GL 244; GY 208. In addition, nine (9) hours of 300/400 courses must be chosen.