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Grand Valley State University    
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  May 21, 2019
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Geography

Requirements for a Major in Geography

Students majoring in geography are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits. Majors are required to complete four core courses:

 The remainder of the requirements (24 credit hours) is comprised of electives that students select in close consultation with their academic advisor. Of the remaining 24 credit hours students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours offered through the Department of Geography and Planning. The remaining 9 hours may be selected from cognate courses from other departments listed below.

Students generally focus their electives beyond the core courses in certain areas of academic interest (for example, geographic methods (GIS remote sensing and image processing and cartography), urban and regional planning, environmental geography, or regional/global studies). However, it is suggested that a certain breadth across these areas is desirable to provide flexibility and marketability in the search for employment and/or acceptance in graduate school. No more than six hours of 399 and 499 combines may count toward the major.

All Bachelor of Arts degree programs must include at least three courses that focus on culture, arts, philosophy, or language. At least two courses must be outside of the General Education Foundations category. All Bachelor of Arts programs must require third-semester proficiency in a classical or modern language.

When incorporated into the major three sciences courses will lead to Bachelors of Science Degree in geography and planning. Notice, STA 215 and GPY 300 are required science courses for the BS degree. The third course should be selected in close consultation with your advisor.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Geography

First Year, Winter Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Winter Semester

Third Year, Fall Semester

  • Geography focus area course
  • Geography focus area course
  • General education course
  • General education Issues course 1


Third Year, Winter Semester


Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Fourth Year, Winter Semester

  • Geography focus area course
  • Geography focus area course
  • Minor course
  • Minor course
  • General education course

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