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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 18, 2018
 
2018-2019 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. 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):

B.S. in Geography with an Emphasis in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Planning


In addition to the geography major core courses (12 credits), students pursuing climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency planning emphasis are required to take the following five courses (20 credits) pertaining to climate mitigation and adaptation planning:

General Education


Please, note that all GVSU students must complete the university general education requirements. Some geography courses count for one or more general education category (Foundations, Cultures, and Issues). Please, see your advisor and GVSU General Education Program requirements if you have any questions about course overlaps.

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

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.

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