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Bachelor of Arts, Geography

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Thirty-seven hours in geography, to include:
    1. GEOG 100S, 101S, 300, 308.
    2. At least nine hours at the 400 level.
    3. Three credits for an approved practicum count toward the 36 hours of geography regardless of emphasis.
  2. ENGL 111, HIST 111, or PHIL 111; ECON 201S, 202S; and at least four hours chosen from GEOL 111N, 112N; OCEN 105N, 107N, 405U, 436 with advisement.
  3. To satisfy the university general education requirement for computer skills, CS 101 or ISYS 100.
  4. To satisfy the university general education requirement for a course in oral communications skills, one course chosen from: GEOG 400, 405, 410, 422, 454, 480.
  5. To satisfy the university general education requirement for an upper-level writing-intensive course in the major, one approved writing-intensive course in geography.
  6. A minimum grade of C in ENGL 111, HIST 111, or PHIL 111.
  7. All majors must complete a capstone paper in the junior or senior year.
  8. All majors must satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College of Arts and Letters listed under the Undergraduate Degree requirements section of the university catalog.
  9. Urban Emphasis. Those students wishing to pursue an emphasis in urban geography must take GEOG 310U, 410, and six hours from GEOG 301, 306U, 321U, 368, 402, 411, 412.
  10. Environment and Resource Emphasis. Those students wishing to pursue an emphasis in environment and resources must take GEOG 305U, 405, and six hours from GEOG 306U, 321U, 323, 368, 401U, 420U, 421, 422, 451U, 452U, 453U, 454U, 455U.

Bachelor of Science, Geography

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Thirty-seven hours in geography, to include:
    1. GEOG 100S, 101S, 208, 300, 308, 318.
    2. At least nine hours at the 400 level.
    3. Those wishing to pursue a physical geography emphasis may substitute certain geological science courses (GEOL 312U, 408U, 411, 415, 419, 420, 450, 452, 456, 461) for up to 12 hours of geography electives.
    4. Three credits for an approved practicum count toward the 37 hours of geography regardless of emphasis.
  2. ENGL 111, HIST 111, or PHIL 111; ECON 201S, 202S; and at least four hours chosen from GEOL 111N, 112N; OCEN 106N, 107N, 405U, 436, with advisement.
  3. To satisfy the university general education requirement for computer skills, CS 101 or ISYS 100.
  4. To satisfy the university general education requirement for a course in oral communication skills, one course chosen from: GEOG 400, 405, 410, 422, 454, 480.
  5. To satisfy the university general education requirement for an upper-level writing intensive course in the major, one approved writing intensive course in geography.
  6. A minimum grade of C in STAT 130M (a prerequisite for GEOG 318) and in ENGL 111, HIST 111, or PHIL 111.
  7. All majors must complete a capstone paper in the junior or senior year.
  8. Geographic Information Systems Emphasis. This track consists of GEOG 402, 404, and six hours from GEOG 419, 432, 490, or other approved GIS courses or internship.
  9. Urban Emphasis. Those students wishing to pursue an emphasis in urban geography must take GEOG 310U, 410, and six hours from GEOG 301, 306U, 321U, 368, 402, 411, 412.
  10. Environment and Resources Emphasis. Those students wishing to pursue an emphasis in environment and resources must take GEOG 305U, 405, and six hours from GEOG 306U, 321U, 368, 401U, 420U, 422, 451U, 452U, 453U, 454U, 455U.

Bachelor of Arts and Science with Honors, Geography

The requirements for the Honors Degree are as follows:

  1. Attain an overall grade-point average of 3.25.
  2. Attain a grade-point average in the major of 3.3.
  3. Earn honors in nine hours of courses in the major at the 300/400 level, with no more than six hours taken from the same instructor.

Minors in Geography

One general minor and two minors in areas of specialization are offered in geography. Each requires an introductory course and 12 hours of 300/400-level courses. For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken toward the minor and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement at Old Dominion University.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Geography. Fifteen hours of geography to include GEOG 100S or 101S and 12 hours of 300/400-level geography electives.
  2. Environment and Resources. GEOG 100S or 101S; GEOG 305U and 405; and six hours from GEOG 306U, 401U, 420U, 422.
  3. Urban Planning. GEOG 100S or 101S; GEOG 310U and 411; and six hours from GEOG 321U, 368, 402, 403, 410, 412.