|Geography is an interdisciplinary bridge between the human and physical sciences, studying human–environment interactions. The Geography program offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts. The BSc in physical geography examines the natural environment and the interaction of climate, soils, vegetation and landforms, while the BA in human geography focuses on cultural, social, economic and rural environments. Degrees emphasize the geography of the North and contemporary geographic technologies.
This degree focuses on geography as an earth science, with introductions to biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, followed by upper-level courses in climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, soils and weathering, and geomatics. This combination enables the understanding of the interactions between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, aided by the use of statistical techniques, mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems. Courses will develop applied field and technical skills for associated career paths.
Undergraduate students are required to take a minimum of 11 Geography courses (31 credit hours). Of these courses, a minimum of five must be upper division. Students are required to take a minimum of 24 credit hours of Elective Science Courses, of which 15 credit hours must be upper division in order to successfully complete degree requirements. Additional electives are required to ensure the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.