Geography and Planning

The Major in Geography and Planning

Description of the major

Students majoring in geography are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours. All students must complete three core courses (GPY 100, GPY 220, GPY300, and GPY 495). The 24 remaining credit hours are comprised of electives that students select in consultation with their academic advisor.

Students generally focus their electives beyond the core courses in certain areas of concentration. For example:

  1. City and Regional Planning.
  2. Environmental Geography/Environmental Studies.
  3. Geographic Techniques (Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Image Processing, and Cartography).
  4. Regional Studies. (also called "Area Studies," and "Global Studies")

A certain breadth across these areas is advantageous to provide flexibility and marketability for employment and/or graduate school. No more than six hours of 399 and 499 combined may count toward the major. 

Students may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree. The B.A. degree requires third semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree requirement is comprised of three courses: STA 215, GPY 300 and one of the following: GPY 407, 410, 412, 470, PA 495, or STA 216 depending on the area of focus. Students more interested in Planning have often taken PA 495 Community Analysis (formerly PA 439) offered by the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

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