Geography for Secondary Education Majors

A major or minor in geography will provide both depth and breadth in your education training. If you are interested in the social sciences, geography can equip you with knowledge of world cultures, American ethnic groups, international affairs, and the settlement of the United States. For those interested in the earth sciences, geography provides a solid background in geomorphology, conservation, GIS, biogeography, and map use. Exciting field study experiences are also available in both areas.

  • A minor in geography consists of a minimum of 16 credit hours, including at least one 100-level course, one 200-level course, and two 300-level or higher courses.
  • A major in geography consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and four 300-level or higher courses.

Students interested in a career in physical geography and geoscience education may apply for the Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development program (MSEED) in which they complete the Bachelor of Science degree in geography and also earn a teaching license in four years. 

The Department of Education will provide you with specific advising on the curriculum needed to gain certification to teach geography or earth science. Below are general geography course recommendations for education majors.

Recommended Courses for the Prospective Social Science Teacher:

  • GEO 101: World Human Geography
  • GEO 102: Globalization and Development
  • GEO 200: American Ethnic Geography
  • GEO 210: Current Themes in Geography
  • GEO 274: North American Indian on Film
  • GEO 280: Geography of Cyberspace
  • GEO 301: Regional Geographies of the World
  • GEO 385: Field Study
  • GEO 320: Urban Geography
  • GEO 420: Rural Geography
  • GEO 470: Political Geography
  • GEO 474: Historical Geography of the United States
  • GEO 475: Culture, Nature, Landscape
  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography
  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography
  • GEO 495: Independent Study
 Recommended Courses for the Prospective Earth Science Teacher:
  • MET 103: Introduction to Meteorology
  • GEO 104: Geomorphology
  • GEO 204: National Parks
  • GEO 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • MET 215: Climatology
  • GEO 225: Digital Cartography and GPS
  • GEO 230: Remote Sensing
  • MET 240: Introduction to Climate Change
  • GEO 260: Environmental Conservation
  • GEO 365: Biogeography
  • GEO 385: Field Study
  • GEO 415: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 430: Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEO 460: Data Analysis
  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography
  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography (Biogeography; Environmental Management)
  • GEO 495: Independent Study

Recommended Complementary Courses for Earth Science

  • ASTRO 101: Astronomy
  • BIO 172: Diversity of Life
  • CHEM 111: Intro to Chemistry 

Field Study locations include:

  • Yellowstone National Park and the Oregon Trail
  • Indian Mound Sites of the American South
  • Biogeography of the Sonoran Desert
  • Hawaii Volcanoes
  • Alaska Glaciers