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.
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.
|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|
|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.