REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHY

A student with a major in geography must take a group of required core geography courses and elective geography courses for a total of 48 semseter hours. Students must take six (6) upper division geography electives from at least three (3) of the following categories: Human, Physical, Regional, and Technical. Geography 101 and 102 are prerequisites to all physical geography courses and Geography 114 and 115 are prerequisites to all human geography courses listed below. Courses marked with an asterisk are required for the GIS Certificate. Only two technical geography courses may be counted toward the Geography major.

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Core requirements for a geography major:

GEO 101 Atmospheric Processes and Patterns 3 hours
GEO 101 L Atmospheric Processes and Patterns Lab 1 Hour
GEO 102 Landscape Processes and Patterns 3 Hours
GEO 102 L Landscape Processes and Patterns Lab 1 Hour
GEO 114 Introduction to Human Geography 3 Hours
GEO 115 World Regional Geography 3 Hours
*GEO 331 Computer Graphs and Maps 3 Hours
*GEO 332 Remote Sensing I 4 Hours
GEO 435 Research Methods in Geography 3 Hours
GEO 480W Field Work in Geography (Writing class) 4 Hours


Geography Electives (Total of 18 hours from at least 3 categories)
Human Geography Courses:

GEO 312 W Wolrd Economic (Writing class) 3 hours
GEO 321 W National Parks Conservation (Writing class) 3 hours
GEO 365 W Urban Geography 3 hours
GEO 370 Geography of Tourism 3 hours
GEO 375 United States Historical Geography 3 hours
GEO 381 Cultural Geography 3 hours

Physical Geography Courses:

GEO 310 Environmental Earth Sciences 3 hours
GEO 353 General Meteorology 3 hours
GEO 353 L General Meteorology Lab 1 hour
GEO 341 ** Climatology 3 hours
GEO 342 Severe Weather 3 hours
GEO 410 Biogeography 3 hours
GEO 411 Soils 3 hours
GEO 412 W Regional Physiography (Writing class) 3 hours
GEO 440 Coastal Zone Management 2 hours
GEO 441 ** Coastal Climatology 2 hours

**A student cannot take both GEO 341 & GEO 441

Regional Geography Courses:

GEO 313 Geography of Anglo-America 3 hours
GEO 314 Geography of Europe 3 hours
GEO 315 Geography of Latin America 3 hour
GEO 320 W Geography of Alabama (Writing class) 3 hours

Technical Geography Courses:

GEO 420 Geostatistics 4 hours
GEO 442* Remote Sensing II 3 hours
GEO 460* Introduction to GIS 4 hour
GEO 461* GIS Applications: Environmental 4 hours
GEO 462* GIS Applications: Social Science 4 hours

*Denotes a class required for the GIS Certificate.

Variable Topics:

GEO 490 Special Topics 1-3 hours
GEO 492 Seminar 1-3 hours
GEO 494 Directed Research 1-4 hours
GEO 496 Internship 1-3 hours
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