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Undergraduate Program

Geographers are concerned with social, spatial and environmental processes in human and natural systems, with a focus on critical theory, practical application, analysis and interventions. Of central importance to the study of geography are relations between diverse social groups, as well as between people and their natural and human-built environments. Coursework spans the social and natural sciences, and includes cartography and other technologies for analyzing spatial information. Many geography students combine majors and minors in other fields to prepare themselves for careers in environmental analysis and resource management; urban and regional development; international relations; conflict resolution; public service and more.

Contact Dr. Robert Wilson, Director of Undergraduate Studies, geoundergrad@maxwell.syr.edu

Check-list for the undergrad majors  

Scholarships available that may be appropriate or of interest to potential students can be viewed here 

Major Requirements

The program leading to a B.A. in Geography requires at least 33 credits in geography, 21 of which must be at the upper division (i.e. 300-level or above). All students must take GEO 103, 171, and 155, as well as a techniques requirement (GEO 381, 383, or 386) and a capstone senior seminar (GEO 491). Students are encouraged to concentrate the remainder of their credits in one of five tracks:

Course Requirements And Options 
(Lower Division Requirements)
     
GEO 103     Environment and Society
GEO 155     The Natural Environment
GEO 171     Human Geographies

Upper Division Requirements
Techniques (at least one course)
     
GEO  381     Cartographic Design
GEO  383     Geographic Information Systems 
GEO  386     Quantitative Geographic Analysis
GEO  482     Environmental Remote Sensing

Capstone Seminar (required of all majors)     
GEO  491     Senior Seminar in Geography

 Topical Specializations
1. Environmental Systems and Landscape Dynamics   
  
GEO 215     Global Environmental Change 
GEO 314     Hazardous Geographic Environments 
GEO 316     River Environments 
GEO 317     Mountain Environments 
GEO 318     Tropical Environments 
GEO 319     Cold Environments 
GEO 326     Weather and Climate  (additional course information)
 
GEO 327     Coastal Environments 
GEO 400     Geography of the Anthropocene 
GEO 455     Biogeography 
GEO 583     Environmental GIS 
plus, Appropriate Topics Courses (GEO 200, 300, 400, 500) 

2. Nature, Society, Sustainability
GEO 203     Society and the Politics of Nature 
GEO 215     Global Environmental Change 
 
GEO 314     Hazardous Geographic Environments 
GEO 316     River Environments 
GEO 317     Mountain Environments 
GEO 318     Tropical Environments 
GEO 319     Cold Environments 
GEO 340     Geography of Oil 
GEO 353     Environmental Justice 
GEO 354     American Environmental History and Geography 
GEO 356     Environmental Ideas and Policy 
GEO 358     Animals and Society 
GEO 374     Environment and Development in the Global South 
GEO 400     Geographies of Water 
 
GEO 400     Urban Environmental History
GEO 415     Food: A Critical Geography 
GEO 430     Energy, History and Society 
plus, Appropriate Topics Courses (GEO 200, 300, 400, 500)   

3. Globalization, Development and Citizenship
GEO 105     World Regional Geography
GEO 200     Cities of the World 
GEO 272     World Cultures 
GEO 273     World Political Economy 
GEO 311     The New North Americas
GEO 321     Latin American Development: Spatial Aspects 
GEO 325     Colonialism in Latin America 
GEO 331     European Union 
GEO 340     Geography of Oil 
 
GEO 361     Global Economic Geography 
GEO 367     Gender in a Globalizing World 
GEO 372     Political Geography 
GEO 374     Environment and Development in the Global South 
GEO 388     Geographic Information & Society 
GEO 400     Geographies of Migration and Mobility 
GEO 400     Geographies of Water 
 
GEO 400     Geopolitics of the Greater Middle East
GEO 425     South Africa
GEO 430     Energy, History and Society 
GEO 440     Race and Space 
GEO 463     Geography of Homelessness 
GEO 564     Urban Historical Geography 
GEO 573     Geography of Capital 
GEO 595     Geography of the Internet 
plus, Appropriate Topics Courses (GEO 200,  300, 400, 500)  

4. Culture, Justice and Urban Space  
GEO 200     Cities of the World
 
GEO 219     American Diversity & Unity (honors) 
GEO 272     World Cultures 
GEO 273     World Political Economy 
 
GEO 300     Public Space and the City
GEO 311     New North Americas 
GEO 313     United States 
GEO 353     Environmental Justice 
GEO 362     The European City 
GEO 367     Gender in a Globalizing World 
GEO 372     Political Geography 
 
GEO 400     Community Geography 
GEO 400     Urban Environmental History
GEO 415     Food: A Critical Geography
GEO 425     South Africa 
GEO 440     Race and Space 
GEO 463     Geography of Homelessness 
GEO 500     Geography of Memory 
GEO 500     Urban and Regional Planning
 
GEO 564     Urban Historical Geography 
GEO 572     Landscape Interpretation 
GEO 573     Geography of Capital 
GEO 576     Gender, Space, & Place 
plus, Appropriate Topics Courses (GEO 200, 300, 400, 500) 

5. Geographic Information Science: Analysis, Modeling and Applications    
GEO 381     Cartographic Design 
GEO 383     Geographic Information Systems 
GEO 386     Quantitative Geographic Analysis 
GEO 388     Geographic Information and Society
GEO 400     Community GIS
GEO 400     Geospatial Technology and Privacy 
GEO 482     Environmental Remote Sensing 
GEO 500     GIS and Hydrological Modeling 
GEO 583     Environmental GIS 
GEO 595     Geography of the Internet 
plus, Appropriate Topics Courses (GEO 200,  300, 400, 500)

The Department provides students who meet certain academic requirements (including independent research and a senior thesis) the opportunity to graduate with Distinction. (Description of Undergraduate Program for Distinction in Geography)

Minor in Geography

To complete a minor in geography, students must complete 18 credits in geography courses, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be upper division (i.e. 300-level or above).

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