The Geography Major | Department of Geography | Kent State University

The Geography Major

Geography offers a BA with three concentrations: Environmental, Social, and GIS

Major Requirements

For official documentation see your GPS or the KSU Catalog from your calendar year.

  • World Geography or Geography of the United States
  • Physical Geography & Lab
  • Human Geography
  • Mapping our World
  • Statistical Methods in Geography
  • Seminar in Geography
  • GIS
  • Nature and Society
  • Concentrations require 4 classes in your concentration, plus one class in each of the other concentrations.
Environmental Geography Concentration 

The Bachelor of Arts in geography with a concentration in environmental geography focuses on spatial processes of environmental sciences. In addition to required upper-division courses (one in geographic information science and one in social geography), students may choose among course offerings in atmospheric science, climatology, environmental change, polar and glacial environments, natural resources and soils geography. students who choose this concentration can pursue careers in environmental science and planning, disaster management, conservation of natural resources, and environmental education, or they may choose to study these and related fields at a graduate level.

31062

Fundamentals of Meteorology

31064

Principles of Climatology

31070

Population and the Environment

31080

Geography of Wine

37010

Geography of Ohio

37040

Geography of Africa

37045

Geography of the Middle East

37066

Geography of Europe

37070

Geography of East and Southeast Asia

37072

Geography of China

37085

Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean

41052

Glaciers and Glaciation

41065

Applied Climatology

41066

Global Climate Change

41073

Conservation of Natural Resources

41074

Resource Geography

41082

Geography of Soils

41195

Special Topics: Environmental Geography

46080

Urban Sustainability 

49078

Geographic Information Science and Environmental Hazards

 

Geographic Information Science Concentration 

The Bachelor of Arts in geography with a concentration in geographic information science (GIS) provides students with a comprehensive background in the field of geospatial technology. This involves the study and application of theory, method, technology, and data knowledge to processes, relationships, and patterns in both human and physical geography. This rapidly growing field can be divided into three areas: GIS (capturing, checking, integrating, analyzing, and displaying spatially referenced data); remote sensing (the analyses and interpretation of aerial data and satellite imagery); and global positioning systems (GPS). Students in this concentration will gain quantitative and technical skills that will prepare them for jobs in both the public and private sectors, or for further study in graduate school.

44070

Spatial Analysis and Location Theory 

49072

Geographic Information Science and Health 

49075

Geographic Information Science: Applications for Social Problems

49076

Spatial Programming 

49078

Geographic Information Science and Environmental Hazards 

49080

Advanced Geographic Information Science 

49085

Web and Mobile Geographic Information Science 

49162

Cartography and Geovisualization

49195

Special Topics: Geographic Information Science 

49230

Remote Sensing 

Social Geography Concentration 

The Bachelor of Arts in geography with a concentration in social geography includes courses that involve the social science and humanistic aspects of geography. Students can choose from a variety of upper-division courses in urban (including planning), economic, political and historical geography. In addition to at least four courses in this concentration, students take three distributional requirements: one in geographic information sciences and one in environmental geography. Potential careers include urban planning, transportation, government at all scales, business, international relations, mapping and geography education. Students may choose to pursue graduate studies in these or related fields.

31070

Population and the Environment 

32080

Politics and Place 

34070

Economic Geography 

35065

Geography of Transportation and Spatial Interaction 

36065

Cities and Urbanization 

37010

Geography of Ohio

37040

Geography of Africa

37045

Geography of the Middle East

37066

Geography of Europe

37070

Geography of East and Southeast Asia

37072

Geography of China

37085

Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean

41051

Natural Disasters and Society

41066

Global Climate Change

41073

Conservation of Natural Resources

42040

Tourism Development and Recreational Travel 

42052

Medical Geography 

42053

Geographies of Memory and Heritage 

42064

Historical Geography of the United States and Canada

42070

Seminar in Ethnic, Lifestyle, and National Communities 

42195

Special Topics in Social Geography

44010

Geography of the Global Economy 

45085

Urban Transportation 

46070

Urban and Regional Planning 

46080

Urban Sustainability 

46081

Seminar in Urban Geography 

49072

Geographic Information Science and Health 

49075

Geographic Information Science: Applications for Social Problems