Department of Geography

Chair and Assistant Professor: J. Allender (PhD) 450-5636
Associate Professor: M. Yoder (PhD)
Assistant Professor: M. Connolly (PhD), E. Hostetter PhD), S. O’Connell PhD), B. Pearson (PhD)
Lecturer: M. Passé-Smith (MA)

[1] Purposes

Programs of study in geography are designed to meet the following needs:

  • Acquaint students with the contribution of geography to the understanding of the world through the study of its varied physical and human environments and the spatial relationships that exist between them.
  • Give students a fundamental background in human-natural environment relationships in preparation for geography-related positions in environmental planning, natural resources management, urban and regional planning and development, water resources, cartography, education, and geographic information systems.
  • Prepare students for advanced work in geography at the graduate level.

[2] Honors in Geography

[Jump to Recognition of Academic Achievement for general information about Honors in the Majors.]

Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and a major grade point average of 3.50 and who have completed 15 hours of geography coursework may be nominated by a faculty member for the Honors in Geography program. Students will pursue intensive research guided by a director and a committee of faculty members. Students must have taken or be enrolled in GEOG 4391 and write a paper while enrolled in GEOG 4360. Students complete the process by giving an oral presentation and defense of his/her paper before an Honors Committee. This presentation is to be followed at a later date by a presentation at a geography student seminar.

[3] Baccalaureate Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, with a major in geography, requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) degree requirements; (3) the geography courses listed below; and (4) a minor as worked out with the student’s advisor.
NOTE: both the major in geography and major in geography with a geospatial concentration have required courses that will fulfill the UCA upper-division Core requirements for Critical Inquiry, Diversity, Communication, and a Capstone. The Responsible Living upper-division Core requirement may be covered by taking any of the following electives: GEOG 3301, 3325, 3333, 4304, or 4313; or it may be taken outside of the department. The Communication requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses outside of the department.

 

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[3.1] Major in Geography (38 hours)

Geography Core (23 hours)

GEOG 1400 Earth Systems Science [LD UCA Core: I] [ACTS: PHSC1104]
GEOG 1320 Human Geography [LD UCA Core: D] [ACTS: GEOG1113]
GEOG 2330 Quantitative Methods in Geography
GEOG 2331 Research Methods in Geography
GEOG 2475 Cartography
GEOG 3403 Geographic Information Systems [UD UCA Core: I]
GEOG 4391 Research Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

Choose one of the regional classes (3 hours):

GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: D, C]
GEOG 3335 Geography of Europe and Russia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3345 Geography of China and East Asia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3380 Geography of Arkansas [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 4390 Historical Geography of the US [UD UCA Core: D]

Plus 12 hours of upper-level geography electives.

[3.1.1] Major in Geography: Geospatial Technology Concentration (38 hours)

Required Courses (29 hours)

GEOG 1400 Earth Systems Science [LD UCA Core: I] [ACTS: PHSC1104]
GEOG 1320 Human Geography [LD UCA Core: D] [ACTS: GEOG1113]
GEOG 2330 Quantitative Methods in Geography
GEOG 2331 Research Methods in Geography
GEOG 2475 Cartography
GEOG 3306 Introduction to Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
GEOG 3403 Geographic Information Systems [UD UCA Core: I]
GEOG 4330 Geographic Information Analysis
GEOG 4391 Research Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

Choose one of the regional classes (3 hours)

GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: D, C]
GEOG 3335 Geography of Europe and Russia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3345 Geography of China and East Asia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3380 Geography of Arkansas [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 4390 Historical Geography of the US [UD UCA Core: D]

Choose one of the upper-level geography GIS-electives from the following choices (3 hours)

GEOG 3307 Locational Analysis and Decision Making with GIS
GEOG 3309 GIS in Practice: Environmental Application
GEOG 3319 Geographic Field Techniques

Plus 3 hours of upper-level geography electives.

[3.1.2] Minor in Geography (22 hours)

Required courses (10 hours)

GEOG 1400 Earth Systems Science [LD UCA Core: I] [ACTS: PHSC1104]
GEOG 1320 Human Geography [LD UCA Core: D] [ACTS: GEOG1113]
GEOG 2475 Cartography

Choose one of the regional classes (3 hours)

GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: D, C]
GEOG 3335 Geography of Europe and Russia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3345 Geography of China and East Asia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3380 Geography of Arkansas [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 4390 Historical Geography of the US [UD UCA Core: D]

Plus 9 hours of upper-division geography electives

[3.1.3] Minor in Geographic Information Science (22 hours)

Required Courses (19 hours)

GEOG 1400 Earth Systems Science [LD UCA Core: I] [ACTS: PHSC1104]
GEOG 1320 Human Geography [LD UCA Core: D] [ACTS: GEOG1113]
GEOG 2330 Quantitative Methods in Geography
GEOG 2475 Cartography
GEOG 3306 Introduction to Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
GEOG 3403 Geographic Information Systems [UD UCA Core: I]

Choose one of the upper-level geography GIS electives from the following choices (3 hours)

GEOG 3404 Geographic Information Analysis
GEOG 3319 Geographic Field Technicians
GEOG 4307 Locational Analysis and Decision Making with GIS
GEOG 4309 GIS in Practice: Environmental Applications

NOTE: A Geospatial Concentration geography major may not minor in geographic information science.

[4] Courses in Geography (GEOG)

Follow this link for GEOG course descriptions: course link.