Department of Geography

Interim Chair and Assistant Professor: J. Allender (PhD) 450-5636
Associate Professors: J. Reynolds (PhD), M. Yoder (PhD)
Assistant Professors: 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] The Undergraduate Scholars Program in Geography

During the junior year, a student who has demonstrated superior interest and ability may be nominated to participate in the undergraduate scholars program. Students who complete this program and graduate with honors are in a strong position to compete for awards and grants at leading universities.

Requirements for participation:

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 and a 3.50 grade point average in the major;
  2. Successful completion of GEOG 4391, Research Seminar, and enrolled in GEOG 4360, Special Problems in Geography;
  3. Submission and approval of a research project;
  4. Successful oral presentation and defense of the research project.

[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. A geography major may not minor in geographic information science.

[3.1] Major in Geography (36 hours)

Geography Core (24 hours)

GEOG 1315 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 1320 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2330 Quantitative Methods in Geography
GEOG 2331 Research Methods in Geography
GEOG 2375 Cartography
GEOG 3300 World Regional Geography
GEOG 3303 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4391 Research Seminar

Plus 12 hours of upper-division geography electives.

[3.1.1] Major in Geography: Geospatial Concentration (36 hours)

Geography Core (24 hours)
Plus the following Geospatial Courses (9 hours)

GEOG 3306 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
GEOG 3307 GIS In Practice: Business and Social Science Applications
GEOG 3309 GIS In Practice: Environmental Applications
GEOG 4330 Geographic Information Analysis

Plus a 3 hour upper-division geography elective.

[3.1.2] Minor in Geography (24 hours)

GEOG 1315 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 1320 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2375 Cartography
GEOG 3300 World Regional Geography

Plus 12 hours of upper-division geography electives.

[3.1.3] Minor in Geographic Information Science (21 hours)

A technology-oriented minor designed to strengthen one’s use of the tools of geography. Geography core includes GEOG 1315, 1320, 2330, 2375, 3303, 3306, and 4330. GEOG 3307 or GEOG 3309 may substitute for GEOG 4330. Geographic information science minors may not be geography majors.

[4] Courses in Geography (GEOG)

Follow this link for GEOG course descriptions: course link.

Page updated: September 7, 2014