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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Geography


Requirements for a Major in Geography


Core Courses


All geography majors, regardless of the area of emphasis, are required to complete the following core courses (12 credit hours):

B.A. or B.S. Degree Requirements


Students pursuing the B.A. degree requirements must satisfy the third semester proficiency (through the 201 level) in one of the classical or modern languages offered by the Classics or Modern Languages and Literature Departments.

B.A. or B.S. General Geography Degree Without an Emphasis


Students pursuing the general geography degree without an emphasis, select their elective courses in consultation with their academic advisors to acquire significant transdisciplinary breadth, including courses in geospatial technology, urban and regional planning, environmental geography, sustainability science, and regional and global human development.

This self-designed geography degree track includes at least six credit hours of the regional geography, selected from the following list.

B.A. or B.S. in Geography with an Emphasis in Geospatial Technology


In addition to the geography major core courses (12 credits), as previously specified, students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in geography with an emphasis in geospatial technology are required to take the following GIS and remote sensing courses (13 credits):

B.A. or B.S. in Geography with an Emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning


In addition to the geography major core courses (12 credits), as previously specified, students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in geography with an emphasis in urban and regional planning are required to take the following fundamental urban and regional planning courses (6 credits):

B.A. or B.S. in Geography with an Emphasis in Environment and Global Development


In addition to the geography major core courses (12 credits), as previously specified, students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in geography with an emphasis in environment and global development are required to take the following fundamental courses on global development and environmental changes (9 credits):

General Education


In addition to the geography major requirements, all GVSU students must complete the university general education requirements. Please note that some geography courses count for one or more general education categories (Foundations, Cultures, and Issues). Please see your advisor and the Grand Valley General Education program requirements if you have any questions about course overlaps.

All Grand Valley students are required to fulfill WRT 150 (first year composition) and two Supplemental Writing Skills classes (SWS) with a grade not lower than C before graduation. GPY 495 - Senior Thesis is an SWS course.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Geography


Suggested sample curriculum for a major in geography (this is an example only, please see your advisor and follow the catalog to develop coursework appropriate for your interests and/or area of emphasis).

First Year, Fall Semester


First Year, Winter Semester


Second Year, Fall Semester