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Academic Program Guide


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2021 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Geography major consists of 34 major hours with a grade of “C minus” or better; 6 hours of which must be at the 3000/4000-level. In addition, a 12 – 18 hour minor is required.

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Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Core Mathematics3
GE Core Social Science3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE History3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics Course ( ≥ C minus )
Term 3 hrs
GEA1000 World Regional Geography3
GE Social Science3
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Oral Communication Competency3
Milestones 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics Course ( ≥ C minus )
Term 4 hrs
GEO1400 Human Geography3
GE Ethics3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab4
Minor course3
Milestones 4
Identify Minor at
Complete General Education requirements
Oral Communication Competency strongly recommended (SPC1017, SPC2608)
Term 5 hrs
GEO 2200C Physical Geography3
GEO 4162C Spatial Data Analysis3
Writing/E-Series Course3
Minor course3
Milestones 5
Complete 3 core courses, including GEA1000 and GEO1400
Begin taking 3000/4000-level courses
Civic Literacy requirement
Term 6 hrs
GIS 3015 Map Analysis3
Geography course (Human)3
Geography Elective3
1st Scholarship in Practice Course3
Minor Course/Elective3
Milestones 6
Complete four Geography Core courses
Term 7 hrs
GIS4043 Geographic Information Systems and GIS4043 Lab3
Geography course (Physical)3
Geography Elective3
Minor course3
Milestones 7
Complete five Geography Core courses
Complete Physical Geography elective course (choose from: GEO4300, GEO4376, GIS4035/L, GEO4210, GEO4280, IDS2473, IDS2471, EVR4314)
Complete Human Geography elective course (choose from: GEO3502, GEO4421, GEO4450, GEO4471, GEO 4700, GEO4602, IDS2180, IDS3336)
Complete 30 hrs. of 3000/4000- level credit
Term 8 hrs
Geography Elective3
2nd Scholarship in Practice Course3
Minor Course3
Minor Course/Elective3
Milestones 8
Complete all Geography Core courses
Complete 45 hrs. of 3000/4000- level credit
Complete Diversity/Multicultural Requirements
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks of semester

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (with Baccalaureate): Economic, Social or Political Geographer, Map Curator, Economic Development Officer, Land Management Specialist, Market Researcher, Industrial Developer, Travel Agent, Conservationist, Aerial Photo-Interpreter. With Additional Training: Cartographer, Land use Planner, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, International Economist, Climatologist, Water Resource Planner, Map Analyst, Location Analyst.

Representative Employers: Federal, State, and Local Governments, Real Estate Developers, School Boards, Resource Management Agencies, Planning Agencies, Mapping Agencies, Business Consultants, Utilities, Port and Airport Authorities.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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