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

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  • World Geography or Geography of the United States
  • Physical Geography & Lab
  • Human Geography
  • Mapping our World
  • Statistical Methods in Geography
  • Seminar in Geography
  • GIS
  • Regional Geography Elective
  • 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.


Fundamentals of Meteorology


Principles of Climatology


Geography of Wine


Polar and Alpine Environments


Natural Disasters and Society


Glaciers and Glaciation


Applied Climatology


Climate Change and Its Impact


Conservation of Natural Resources


Resource Geography


Geography of Soils


Special Topics: Biogeomorphology


ST: Horror Films and Environmental Geography


ST: Physical Geography through Film


ST: Global Environmental


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: Urban and Economic Applications 
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 (3 credits)
49163 Cartography and Geovisualization Laboratory (1 credit)
49165 GeoMapping 
49230 Remote Sensing 
ST SpatioTemporal Analytics
ST Online Mapping for Community Outreach
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 
42040 Tourism Development and Recreational Travel 
42052 Medical Geography 
42053 Geographies of Memory and Heritage 
42064 Historical Geography of the United States and Canada 
44010 Geography of the Global Economy 
45085 Urban Transportation 
46070 Urban and Regional Planning 
ST Urban Sustainability 
ST Nature & Society
ST Global Environmental Issues