B.A. in Geography
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in geography requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 38-42 s.h. of work for the major. Credit required for the major depends on a student's choice of track. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 15 s.h. for the major in residence at the University of Iowa.
Geography majors may not earn the minor in geographic information science.
The major in geography is appropriate preparation for advanced training or careers in geographical and sustainability sciences.
Students choose one of three tracks in the major: environmental studies, geographic information science (GISci), or health and society. All students majoring in geography complete a common set of foundation courses in addition to the requirements for their choice of track.
Consistent with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences maximum semester hours rule, students may count a maximum of 56 s.h. earned in their major department toward graduation.
The B.A. with a major in geography requires the following work.
Students may not use a course to fulfill more than one major requirement.
|One of these:|
|GEOG:1010||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|GEOG:1090||Globalization and Geographic Diversity||3|
|All of these:|
|GEOG:1020||The Global Environment||3|
|GEOG:1021||The Global Environment Lab||1|
|GEOG:1050||Foundations of GIS||3|
|One of these:|
|GEOG:1060||Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan||3|
|GEOG:1070||Contemporary Environmental Issues||3|
|GEOG:1090||Globalization and Geographic Diversity (if not chosen above)||3|
|GEOG:2110/GHS:2110||Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics||3|
|GEOG:2910||The Global Economy||3|
|One of these (not required for GISci track students):|
|GEOG:3340||Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems||3|
|GEOG:3500||Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG:3520||GIS for Environmental Studies||3|
|GEOG:3540||Introduction to Geographic Visualization||3|
|GEOG:3560||Spatial Analyses of Wind Energy||3|
|GEOG:3570||Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications||3|
|GEOG:4010||Field Methods in Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG:4020||Field Methods: Mapping and Mobile Computing||3|
|GEOG:4150/GHS:4150||Health and Environment: GIS Applications||3|
|GEOG:4650||Simulation in Environmental Geography||3|
|GEOG:5129/CEE:5129/ECE:5129/IE:5129/ME:5129||Information Systems for Resource Management||3|
|One of these:|
|GEOG:4030||Senior Project Seminar||3|
|GEOG:4995||Honors Thesis (must enroll for 3 s.h.)||3|
|One of these (at least 1 s.h. required):|
|GEOG:3400||Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice||3|
|GEOG:3992||Undergraduate Research (including ICIGO or independent research)||arr.|
The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences is a participant in the University's internship program, which provides opportunities for students to participate in paid and unpaid activities related to their academic programs. The Pomerantz Career Center works with students to develop appropriate internships.
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|
|PSQF:4143/STAT:4143||Introduction to Statistical Methods||3|
|STAT:1020/PSQF:1020||Elementary Statistics and Inference||3|
|STAT:1030||Statistics for Business||4|
|STAT:2010||Statistical Methods and Computing||3|
|STAT:2020||Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences||3|
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.
- Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences current course offerings
- Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences General Catalog (full description of undergraduate course requirements)