Geography

Course descriptions

Geography is a multidimensional discipline that analyzes the interactions between people and their environments. Our geographers teach courses and engage in research on a wide range of relevant and timely topics such as urban sprawl, the nature and impact of migration, globalization of the economy and international trade, the spatial prevalence of disease, regional development, global climatic change, environmental degradation and restoration, watershed and landscape change, and the analysis and display of spatial data using geographic information systems (GIS) technology.

Coursework in geography enables graduates to find employment in the private and public sectors while providing both the regional and global perspective required of informed citizens. B.A. students have gone on to work as urban and regional planners, marketing specialists, environmental program managers, location analysts, and transportation planners.

The B.S. degree prepares students to pursue a technologically oriented career as geographic information systems specialists. Students with an undergraduate degree in geography are also prepared to move on to graduate school to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees that enable them to teach at the college level or to secure higher ranking positions in the public and private sectors.

From left, Tiffany Cousins '14, Kamilla Dynia '14, Kevin Evringham, graduate teaching assistant for Professor John Jolly-Ballantine, and Victoria Chilinski '16, look over water samples during an outdoor geography class near Mirror Lake. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
From left, Tiffany Cousins ’14, Kamilla Dynia ’14, graduate teaching assistant Kevin Evringham, and Victoria Chilinski ’16, look over water samples during an outdoor geography class near Mirror Lake.

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. degree requires 24 credits in 2000-level or above geography courses and 12 credits of related course work in other departments. B.A. majors must complete a basic core of 3 courses: GEOG 2100 or 2200, 2300, and one methods course (choice of GEOG 2500, 2510, 3110, 3500Q, or 3510), and 15 additional credits, including at least one “W” course in geography chosen in consultation with their departmental advisor.

Bachelor of Sciences

The B.S. degree requires 31 credits in 2000 or higher level geography courses and 12 credits of closely related course work in other departments. B.S. majors must complete a basic core of 6 courses: GEOG 2100, 2300, 2500, 2505, 3500Q, 3510, and one methods course (choice of GEOG 2510, 3110, 3505) and 6 additional credits, including at least one “W” course in geography chosen in consultation with their departmental advisor.

Writing Requirement

The writing in the major requirement for Geography can be met by passing any of the following geography courses: GEOG 3320W, 3330W, 4110W, or 4200W.

Information Literacy

The in Geography can be met by passing any of the following geography courses GEOG 3320W, 3330W, 4110W, or 4200W.

Computer Technology

The computer technology exit requirement in Geography can be met by passing one of the following courses: GEOG 2500, 2510, 3110, 3500Q, or 3510.

A minor in Geographic Information Science is described in the Minors section.

 

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