B.A. in Geosciences

Program Information

Students earning the B.A. degree in Geosciences must choose one of two concentrations: either Geography or Urban Studies.

The Geography concentration develops a broad understanding of social and environmental issues, attains depth in a specialized area within Geography, and provides skills needed to gain employment and carry out lifelong learning.  An undergraduate degree Geosciences with a Geography concentration affords many opportunities for employment in both the public and private sectors. Geographers generally find employment as cartographers, city/regional planners, conservationists, environmental managers, environmental regulators, Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists, historic preservationists, location analysts, and as physical scientists working for the government. In addition, with their broad liberal arts training, geographers also qualify for professional management positions as well as teachers.

The Geography concentration also provides a solid intellectual foundation for people getting advanced degrees in either the social or natural sciences. In addition to having substantial flexibility of course selections, students in the Geography concentration are required to take multiple upper-division courses in human geography, physical geography, and geographic information science. Finally, the Geography concentration enables majors interested in geography to find their intellectual niche within geography.

The Urban Studies concentration permits the students to focus on the study of cities including urban development and economics, urban politics and institutions, the urban built environment, social and environmental disparities in cities, and the changing physical and social dynamics of urbanization processes.  This interdisciplinary approach enables students to draw from a variety of courses to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century city.  The Urban Studies concentration draws from classes in other complementary departments, enabling the student to develop specific interests within the concentration.

In addition to course content focused on different aspects of urban problems and solutions, students will gain a skill set to address such issues, including a holistic approach to understanding urban dynamics, critical thinking and writing skills to express the complexity of urban issues, and a tool kit of data collection and analysis skills, which may include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), quantitative spatial analysis, and/or qualitative analysis.  Students graduating with this concentration will be well poised to enter jobs and graduate study in urban planning, urban policy work, non-governmental organization administration, community-based work, and in urban public health, among many others. Students interested in any geography or urban studies course, or in enrolling in these concentrations within the B.A. degree in Geosciences or pursuing a minor in Geosciences, are invited to contact the Geosciences Undergraduate adviser to discuss how this degree program may best help make their college experience positive and productive.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog. 

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Department Website and Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

HIST 2110

3

MATH 1101 or higher

3

GSU 1010

1

POLS 1101

3
Total Hours 13

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

GEOG 1112

4

Area B Elective

2

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

MATH 1070

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

  • Complete all Area A requirements.
  • Attend major fair and declare major and concentration in Geography or Urban Studies.

 


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

GEOG 1113

4

GEOG 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area F Elective

3

Foreign Language 1001

3
Total Hours 18

Term 2

Course Hours

Area F Elective

3

Area C Elective

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

Foreign Language 1002

3

Area F Elective

Total Hours 12

Milestones

  • Complete all core requirements
  • Complete all Area F requirements
  • Meet with your academic advisor in the University Advisement Center.

Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

*GEOG 4764 or GEOG 4784

4

Area G Elective

4

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

4

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 14

Milestones

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

4

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

*GEOG 4830

4

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 14

Milestones

  • Students must have 39 hours at GSU taken at the 3000/4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation.
  • Meet with your academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Assistance.

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.