B.A. in Geography

All geography majors must complete the following courses. Students may not use a course to fulfill more than one major requirement.

One of these:

GEOG:1010 Introduction to Human Geography 3 s.h.
GEOG:1090 Globalization and Geographic Diversity 3 s.h.

All of these:

GEOG:1020 The Global Environment 3 s.h.
GEOG:1021 The Global Environment Lab 1 s.h.
GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS 3 s.h.

One of these, in addition to any course required to fulfill a track requirement:

GEOG:1060 Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:1090 Globalization and Geographic Diversity (if not chosen above) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2110 Population Geography: Societies in Flux 3 s.h.
GEOG:2130 World Cities 3 s.h.
GEOG:2910 The Global Economy 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.

One of these (not required for GISci track students):

GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing 3 s.h.
GEOG:3520 GIS for Environmental Studies 3 s.h.
GEOG:3540 Introduction to Geographic Visualization 3 s.h.
GEOG:3560 Spatial Analyses of Wind Energy 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications 3 s.h.
GEOG:4010 Field Methods in Physical Geography 3 s.h.
GEOG:4020 Field Methods: Mapping and Mobile Computing 3 s.h.
GEOG:4150 Health and Environment: GIS Applications 3 s.h.
GEOG:4650 Simulation in Environmental Geography 3 s.h.
GEOG:5129 Information Systems for Resource Management 3 s.h.

One of these:

GEOG:4030 Senior Project Seminar 3 s.h.
GEOG:4995 Honors Thesis (must enroll for 3 s.h.) arr.

Senior Project Seminar [GEOG:4030] is offered only in spring semesters. Students who choose GEOG:4995 Honors Thesis must make arrangements with a faculty advisor.

One of these (at least 1 s.h. required):

GEOG:3400 Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice 3 s.h.
GEOG:3992 Undergraduate Research (including through ICIGO or independent research) arr.
CCP:1201 Academic Internship 1-3 s.h.

The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences is a participant in the University's internship program, which provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to participate in paid and unpaid activities related to their academic programs. The Pomerantz Career Center works with students to develop appropriate internships.


Bachelor of Arts students must earn a minimum of 3 s.h. in statistics by completing one of the following courses or a statistics course equivalent to or numbered above one of these.

GEOG:1065 Introduction to Spatial Analysis: Patterns and Processes 3 s.h.
PSQF:4143/STAT:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 s.h.
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 s.h.
STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing 3 s.h.
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences 3 s.h.
STAT:3510 Biostatistics

Track Requirements

In addition, all majors must complete one of the four programs of study described above under Health and Society, Environmental Studies, or Geographic Information Science (GISsci)  Students should pay close attention to prerequisites for the upper-level courses in each sequence so that they can develop and complete their programs in a timely fashion.

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