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Geography course catalog
JENNIFER BURNHAM, Associate Professor and Chair
A.B., Augustana; M.S., Illinois; Ph.D., Washington
MATTHEW FOCKLER, Associate Professor
B.A., M.S., University of Nevada; Ph.D., Montana State
REUBEN A. HEINE, Professor
B.A., St. Cloud; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois (Carbondale)
CHRISTOPHER R. STRUNK, Associate Professor
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Minnesota
MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHY. 34 credits. Geographic Fundamentals (12 credits) includes one course with a physical geography orientation from GEOG-105 or GEOG-106; one course with an urban and cultural geography orientation from GEOG-120 or GEOG-130; one course with a human-environment orientation from GEOG-230, 303, 307, 331 or 332. Geographic Skills and Inquiry (14 credits) includes all of: GEOG-270, GEOG-273 or 274, GEOG-372, GEOG-472, and GEOG-473. Electives (8 credits) includes two courses selected from one of three advising tracks (GIS and Technology, Urban and Cultural Geography, or Physical and Environmental Geography). See geography advisor for details.
Recommended supporting courses: J term regional field trip (GEOG-230), a statistics course (PSYC-240, BUSN-211, or SOAN-227), writing courses (ENGL-225), Public speaking and communications courses (COMM-101, 201 or 204), research methods skills (SOAN 201 or HIST-300), geography internship, or participation in a study away program. See geography advisor for additional recommended courses depending upon student interests.
MINOR IN GEOGRAPHY. 20 credits. Geographic Fundamentals (12 credits) includes one course with a physical geography orientation from GEOG-105 or GEOG-106; one course with a urban and cultural geography orientation from GEOG-120 or GEOG-130; and one course a human-environment orientation (GEOG-230, 303, 307, 331 or 332) . Geography Skills and Inquiry (4 credits) includes GEOG-270 and GEOG-472. Electives (4 credits) includes one of the following courses (different from Geographic Fundamentals courses) GEOG-273 or 274, 303, 306, 307, 323, 331, 332, 339, 372, 375, or 475.
Geography is a "bridge" discipline that overlaps the traditional division between the natural and the social sciences. Some courses in the department have a natural science orientation (PN) while others have a social science orientation (PS or PP and may have a D or G designation).
Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.