Undergraduate Major and Minors

Thanks for your interest in the Department of Geography’s undergraduate major and minors! Geography is a growing field that offers a wide range of career options, or can be a useful addition as a minor to other. We offer a major and minor in geography, a minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS), a minor in climatology, and a minor in urban studies and planning.

What’s geography? Geographers study both natural science (spatial patterns of rocks, soils, animals, plants, climate and weather) and social science (spatial patterns of sociology, culture, politics, conflict, demographics, economics, resources, waste), with an emphasis on the intersection of human activity and environmental processes. We use data (statistics, interviews, documents) to describe the natural and social patterns we see and then we use our knowledge of human and environmental processes to analyze why these patterns exist. Basically, we ask “Where?” and then we ask “Why?” For this reason, many of us are a “jack-of-all-trades,” and know a lot about a combination of topics including: economics, sociology, and environmental sciences and how these vary across space. We also often have spatial analysis and mapping skills using ESRI’s ArcGIS software.

What do geographers do? As a geography major, you’ll have a vast array of career options available to you. In fact, there are few positions called “geographer.” Instead, we work in environmental, social and GIS fields, where we use our spatial skillsets to solve problems and produce solutions. Below is a visualization of many of the jobs available to geographers (click on image to enlarge).

What courses can I take? We offer introductory courses (many of which fulfill Core requirements), as well as advanced classes in environmental, social, and GIS topics. See the schedule below for when we expect these courses will be offered.

  Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
World Geography X X X X X X X X X
Geography of the US & Canada X X X X X X X X X
Physical Geography X X X X X X X X X
Physical Geography Lab X X X X X X X X X
Human Geography X X X X X X X X X
Mapping Our World X X   X X   X X X
Geographic Information Science X X X X X X X X X
Statistical Methods in Geography X     X     X    
Seminar in Geography   X     X     X  
Geography of Ohio X     X     X    
Geography of the Middle East         X     X  
Geography of Europe   X     X     X  
Geography of China X     X     X    
Geography of Latin America X     X     X    
Fundamentals of Meteorology X     X     X    
Principles of Climatology   X     X     X  
Geography of Wine (online) X   X X   X X   X
Geography of Wine X     X X   X X  
Natural Disasters and Society   X     X     X  
Applied Climatology       X          
Climte Change and its Impacts   X     X     X  
Conservation of Natural Resources   X     X     X  
ST Biogeomorphology x           x    
ST Horror Films & Env Geog       x          
ST Physical Geography thru Film   x     x     x  
ST Global Environmental Issues x     x     x    
Population and the Environment       x          
Politics and Place x           x    
Economic Geography x       x        
Cities and Urbanization x     x     x    
Medical Geography   x     x     x  
Geographies of Memory/Heritage x           x    
Hist Geog US and Canada                  
Ethnic, Lifestyle, National Commun                  
ST: Social Geography x           x    
Seminar in Urban Geography   x           x  
Geography of Global Economy       x          
Urban Transportation   x         x    
Urban and Regional Planning         x        
Urban Sustainability x           x    
GIS and Health X     X     X    
GIS Urban and Economic         X        
Spatial Programming                  
GIS Environmental Hazards X           X    
Adv Geographic Information Sci   X     X X   X X
Cartography / Geovisualization       X     X    
Cartography / Geovisualization Lab       X     X    
ST: Principles of GIS X     X     X    
Remote Sensing X X     X     X  
Introduction to Geography X X X X X X X X X
Nature and Society (ENVS) X     X     X    
Environmental Studies Sustainability   x     x     x  

For more information on careers in geography, course scheduling, and internships, contact Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Mapes.