Geography, Bachelor of Science

120 credits

The Geography program at Plymouth State University prepares students for careers in geographic information systems, computerized cartography, environmental planning and consulting, education, the military or foreign service, or for advanced work at the graduate level. Geography bridges the natural and human worlds, focusing on interrelationships between physical and cultural landscapes. It is the study of the way that people interact with their environment; it applies analytic techniques to the solution of ecological, economic, and social problems. Geography majors learn to evaluate landforming processes, to perform spatial analysis, to employ field-based research techniques, to interpret maps, aerial photographs and remotely sensed images, to understand foreign regions, and to design and implement geographic information systems and to produce computer generated maps.

Degree Requirements


GE 2001 Physical Geography 3
GE 2002 Human Geography 3
GE 2090 Computer Mapping (TECO) 3
GE 3270 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Human Geography (Group 1) - complete two of the following: 6
GE 3030 Urban Geography
GE 4120 Topics in Human Geography
TMP 2750 Introduction to Travel and Tourism (GACO)
Physical Geography (Group 2) - complete two of the following: 6-8
BI 3240 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO)
GE 3260 The Physical Geography of National Parks
GE 3300 Introduction to Hydrology
GE 3310 Landform Analysis
GE 4130 Topics in Physical Geography
MT 2110 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences and
MT 2230 Introduction to Meteorological Analysis
MT 2800 Climatology (GACO)
Regional Geography (Group 3) 3
GE 4110 Topics in Regional Geography (GACO) (WRCO)
Techniques (Group 4) - complete two of the following: 6-7
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO)
EPL 2100 Community Planning
EPL 3100 Environmental Planning
EPL 4150 Topics in Environmental Planning
GE 3350 Introduction to Airphoto Interpretation and Remote Sensing
GE 4140 Topics in Geographic Techniques
GE 4270 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GE 4280 GIS Applications: Computer Mapping
SO 3400 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
SO 3480 The Rural Community: Conflict and Change
Geography Major Electives - complete five 3000/4000 level courses: 15
Any course from Groups 1-4 not used to meet the Group requirements
GE 3960 Internship (maximum of three credits)
GE 4150 Topics in Geography
GE 4910 Independent Study
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 27-22

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.