The 37-credit B.S. in geography is a structured, interdisciplinary science curriculum focusing on the broad interplay between the geographic and atmospheric sciences through the use of spatial and other analytical tools.

The geography B.S. program is staffed by an experienced, award-winning faculty from both geography and meteorology. Faculty members in the program draw on considerable expertise in geomorphology, conservation, computer cartography, GIS, severe weather, climatology, atmospheric modeling, and remote sensing. The program emphasizes a blend of both theory and application, resulting in rigorous but exciting courses with significant hands-on work.

With additional geography credits totaling at least 40, but no more than 60 hours, this degree can serve as a stand-alone major with no second major or minor. Students who opt for this science major may also choose one of the following:

  • A disciplinary science minor or second major (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and physics. Note that students opting for a science minor or second major to complete this B.S. degree must select a program from outside the geography and meteorology department);
  • A second major in a non-science discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems

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 B.S. in geography and also earn a teaching license in four years.

The B.S. in geography prepares students for employment in GIS, remote sensing, cartography, environmental impact assessment, land use analysis, surveying, or with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Census Bureau, or the National Park Service.  Students are also prepared for graduate work in physical geography, geoscience education, environmental science, geology, and other natural science degree programs.

Degree Requirements

B.S. students in geography at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the bachelor of science in the College of Arts and Sciences. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing students to global cultures and traditions.

Major Requirements

Environmental Core 22 credits
GEO 104 Introduction to Geomorphology 4 credits
GEO 215 Introduction to GIS 4 credits
GEO 365 Biogeography 3 credits
GEO 404 Advanced Geomorphology 4 credits
MET 103 Introduction to Meteorology 4 credits
MET 215 Climatology 3 credits
Geographic Tools 6 credits
Two of the following courses:  
GEO 225 Cartography 3 credits
GEO 230 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 credits
GEO 415 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
GEO 430 Advanced Remote Sensing 3 credits
GEO 460 Data Analysis 3 credits
Professional Experience 3 credits
One of the following courses:  
GEO 385 Field Study in Geography 3 credits
GEO 486 Internship in Geography 3 credits
MET 385 Field Study in Meteorology 3 credits
Electives 6 credits
Two of the following courses:
GEO 101 World Human Geography 3 credits
GEO 204 National Parks 3 credits
GEO 260 Environmental Conservation 3 credits
GEO 285 Natural Hazards 3 credits
GEO 240/   MET 240 Introduction to Climate Change 3 credits
GEO 490 Selected Topics in Geography 1-3 credits
GEO 495 Independent Study 1-4 credits
MET 216 Introduction to Meteorological Observation and Analysis 3 credits
MET 319 Tropical Meteorology 3 credits
An additional Geographic Tools or Professional Experience course 3 credits
Additional Required Courses: 
Math 131 Calculus I 4 credits 

 

Up-to-date course descriptions and course prerequisites can be found in the University Catalog.

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