Undergraduate Degrees in Geography


The Marshall Univeristy Geography Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geography. In addition the department offers a Minor in Geography, Minor in Meteorology, and Minor or Certificate in GIScience.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

The B.A. in Geography is for students interested in the spatial and human dimensions of places, cities, and regions. Students will explore concepts and issues related to population dynamics and migration, globalization, economic development, transportation systems, connectivity and accessibility, segregation, urban growth and decline. These themes are explored at the local, regional, and global scales. Students will have a chance to benefit from our current areas of regional specialization: West Virginia, Appalachia, U.S. & Canada, and Latin America.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Geography has a core of 24 credit hours ending with a capstone course sequence. The B.A. in Geography degree requires a minimum total of 39 hours of Geography coursework. Beyond the Geography Core Requirements, students choose a minimum of 9 credit hours from Human or Regional Geography. Remaining electives may be chosen from any GEO courses. Complete your Bachelor of Arts in Geography Online!

 

Bachelor of Science in Geography

The B.S. in Geography is for students interested in natural science—concepts and issues related to the environment, earth processes, atmospheric processes, and climate—or in GIScience. Students will have a chance to benefit from our expertise in ecology, weather analysis, meteorology, climatology, hurricanes and other types of severe weather, plus GIS spatial analysis and technologies.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geography has a core of 24 credit hours ending with a capstone course sequence. The B.S. in Geography requires a minimum total of 45 credit hours of Geography coursework. Beyond the Geography Core Requirements, students choose a minimum of 15 credits from Physical Geography or GIScience. Remaining electives may be chosen from any GEO courses. To compensate for the increased number of hours for the B.S. in Geography (including the Meteorology and Weather Broadcasting areas of emphasis), students are exempted from the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement. Complete your Bachelor of Science in Geography Online!

Optional:

  • Area of Emphasis in Weather Broadcasting
  • Area of Emphasis in Meteorology
  • Area of Emphasis in GIScience

All undergraduate degrees in geography require a C or better in geography courses if those hours are to count toward the major requirements. For up-to-date requirements and electives, consult the Undergraduate Catalog for the year in which you declared your major.

Geography Core Requirements (B.A. or B.S.): 24 credit hours
  • GEO 100 lntroduction to Human Geography (CT) (3 credits)
  • GEO 101 Physical Geography (CT) (4 credits)
  • Any Regional Geography course (3 credits; GEO206, 305, 402, 404, 408 offered regularly)
  • GEO 300 Methods in Geography (3 credits; prerequisite STA225 (preferred) or MGT 218, PSY 223, SOC 345/ANT 301 or equivalent)
  • GEO 423 Cartography and GIS (3 credits)
  • GEO 426 Principles of GIS (4 credits)
  • GEO 498 Senior Capstone I (2 credits)
  • GEO 499 Senior Capstone II (2 credits)

Electives

Human Geography Courses

  • GEO 203 Economic Geography (CT) (3 credits)
  • GEO 222 Global Environmental Issues (3 credits)
  • GEO 401 Historical Geography (3 credits)
  • GEO 406 Population Geography (3 credits)
  • GEO 410 Urban Geography (3 credits)
  • GEO 422 Environmental Geography (3 credits)
  • Other Human Geography courses offered infrequently

Regional Geography Courses

  • GEO 206 Geography of West Virginia (3 credits)
  • GEO 305 Geography of North America (3 credits)
  • GEO 402 Geography of Appalachia (3 credits)
  • GEO 404 Geography of Europe (3 credits)
  • GEO 408 Geography of South and Middle America (3 credits)
  • Other Regional Geography courses offered infrequently

GIScience Courses

  • GEO 110 Basic GIS (1 credit)
  • GEO 111 Air Photos and Satellite lmagery (1 credit)
  • GEO 112 lntroduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (1 credit)
  • GEO 113 Web GIS (1 credit)
  • GEO 429 Principles of GIS 2 – Vector Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 430 GIS – Raster Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 431 Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (3 credits)
  • GEO 432 Enterprise GIS (3 credits)
  • GEO 433 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies (3 credits)
  • GEO 440 Spatial Statistics and GIS (4 credits)
  • GEO 454 Drones for Remote Sensing & GIS (3 credits)

Physical Geography Courses

  • GEO 222 Global Environmental Issues (CT) (3 credits)
  • GEO 230 lntroduction to Meteorology (CT) (4 credits)
  • GEO 350 Severe Local Storms and Natural Hazards (4 credits)
  • GEO 360 Weather Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 422 Environmental Geography (3 credits)
  • GEO 425 Climatology (4 credits)