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Geography Major   Geography Minor   Planning (Geography) Minor

BA/BS in Geography

The primary objective of the geography program is to provide students with intellectual maturity, geographic information, theory, and skills related to the solution of problems in a professional career. Those careers, in governments, corporations, and education, are based on understanding the intricate relationships between places, people and cultures. The program is a foundation for prospective employment in the state, nation, foreign areas and for graduate study. For more information, contact Dr. Shaun Huston, 503-838-8296, hustons@wou.edu.

Professors: Sriram Khe, Michael McGlade, and Mark Van Steeter.

GEOGRAPHY MAJOR (64 Credits)

Foundations (12)

  • GEOG 105, 106, 107 Introductory Geography

Geographic Thought and Practice (16)

  • GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation
  • GEOG 321 Field Geography
  • GEOG 340 Cartography
  • GEOG 384 Qualitative Methods
  • GEOG 385 Quantitative Methods
  • GEOG 386 Making Digital Video for the Social Sciences

Geography and Society (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 391 Biogeography
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography

Human-Environment Relations (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment and Society
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West

Capstone (4)

Choose one of the following three concentrations:

Culture and Politics (16)

Choose four:

  • GEOG 207 Geography and Film
  • GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 420 The West and the American Imagination
  • GEOG 421 The Changing American West
  • GEOG 433 Political Geography
  • GEOG 435 U.S. and Canadian Geopolitics
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West

Urban and International (16)

Choose four:

  • GEOG 315 The Indian Subcontinent
  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 371 Mexico and Central America
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 413 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 418 International Trade and Transportation
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment, and Society

Physical Environment (16)

Choose four:

  • GEOG 321 Field Geography
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 391 Biogeography
  • GEOG 392 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 393 Soils Geography
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment, and Society
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West
  • GEOG 490 Climatology

GEOGRAPHY MINOR (27-28 Credits)

  • GEOG 105, 106, 107 Introductory Geography (12)

Choose one (4)

  • ES 341 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4)
  • GEOG 321 Field Geography (4)
  • GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4)
  • GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography (4)

Any Three Upper-Division Geography courses (12)

GEOGRAPHY PLANNING MINOR (28 Credits)

  • GEOG 105, 106 Introductory Geography (8)
  • GEOG 413 Urban Geography (4)
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy (4)

Choose one (4)

  • ES 341 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4)
  • GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation (4)
  • GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4)

Choose one (4)

  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography

Upper-division elective in Geography (4)

Contact

Division of Social Sciences 503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu
Location: HSS 231

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