ACADEMICS

  • Geography 

    Geography is a science that examines physical and social processes and their interrelationships through the integrative concept of space. Earth systems science analyzes the systems and processes that shape the earth’s surface including weather, climate, landforms and hydrology. Human geography analyzes social processes such as globalization, demographics, urbanization and the construction of cultural identities. Environmental geography examines the interactions between social and physical systems. Geographers explore these processes using such tools as maps, geographic information systems and remote sensing techniques.

    Membership in Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society, is available to distinguished students. Prospective members must have completed a minimum of 3 geography or earth science courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall in those courses, and shall have completed at least 3 semesters of college course work. A prospective member is not required to be a geography major or minor.

    Geography Honors Program: The Geography Honors Program is intended for outstanding majors interested in research as well as those who plan to pursue an advanced degree. Honors students will complete an original research project, defend the project before an approved review committee and present the project in at least one venue external to WSU. Applicants shall have completed the geography core courses through GE 315 and have 75 credits overall. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA in the major although students with a 3.0 major GPA and a faculty sponsor may petition for admission. Application materials are available from the department chair.

    Requirements for a Major
    : Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a six-course (20 credit) core curriculum and one of four concentrations. Students will declare a concentration in either General Geography, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Earth System Science, or Earth Science Education. Study Away/Study Abroad is strongly encouraged for geography majors.

    Core Courses:

    • GS 101 Physical Geography (3)
      or
    • GS 110 Meteorology
    • GE 102 Human Geography (3)
    • GS 140 Physical Geology (4)
    • GS 216 GIS (4)
    • GE 315 Research Methods (3)
    • GE/GS 400 Geography Seminar (3)
      Core Total: 20 credits
       

    Requirements for the Concentration in General Geography
    In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:
     
    At least 1 advanced course (200-400 level) in:

    • Physical Geography (3)
    • Human Geography (3)
    • 2 advanced courses in any category (6)
      Concentration Total: 12 credits
      Major Total: 32 credits

    Requirements for the Concentration in Earth System Science
    In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:
     
    Ancillary requirements (may apply to LASC requirements):

    • MA 190 Precalculus (4)

    One of the following (4)

    • CH 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry I
    • CH 120 General Chemistry I
    • PY 221 General Physics I
    • PY 241 Physics I

    Required core courses:

    • GS 210 Geomorphology (4)
    • GS 224 Oceanography (3)
    • GS 230 Biogeography (3)

    Core electives:12
    4 upper level courses at the 200+ level, including one earth science course at the 300+ level. No more than one geography (GE) or geospatial course can be
    counted toward this requirement
     
    Concentration Total: 22 credits
    Major Total: 42 credits

    Requirements for the Concentration in Environmental Studies:
    In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:
    Required Courses:

    • GE 258 Global Environmental Change (3)
    • Two courses in Physical Geography or
    • GIS (200-400 level) (6)

    Three of the following: (9)

    • GE 240 Energy Conservation
    • GS 240 Coastal Environments
    • GS 285 Sustainable Communities
    • GE 307 American Public Lands: Environmental Issues
    • GE 308 Environment and Development
    • GE 312 Sustainable Food Systems
    • GE 341 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy or GE 342 Sustainable Housing
    • GE/GS 470 Selected Topics (with approval)

    One of the following: (4)

    • GE/GS 460 Geography Internship
    • GE/GS 410 Independent Study in Geography
    • GE/GS 450 Readings and Directed Research
      Concentration Total: 22 credits
      Major Total: 42 credits

    Requirements for the Concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

    Prerequisites:
    To be taken by the time the student has accumulated 21 credits in the major:

    • CS 135 Programming for Non-CS Majors
    • MA 150 Statistics I

    Required Courses:

    • GS 218 Remote Sensing (3)
    • GS 318 GIS II (3)

    Three Additional Courses (9)
    Three 200-400 level courses in either physical or human Geography. Students are encouraged to focus on one area. Regional courses are not appropriate.

    One of the following
    : 3

    • GS/GE 410 Independent Study
    • GS/GE 450 Readings/Directed Research
    • GS/GE 460 Internship
       Concentration Total: 18 credits
       Major Total: 38 credits

    Requirements for the Concentration in Earth Science Education (45 credits)
    In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

    Ancillary requirements (may apply to LASC requirements): (36 credits)

    • MA 130 Number and Operations for Teachers
    • MA 131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
    • MA 132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers
    • MA 190 Precalculus or any MA course at 200 level or above
    • Bl 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • Bl 202 Principles of Ecology
    • CH 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry
       (May substitute CH 120 & 121 General Chemistry I and 11)
    • PY 101 Astronomy
    • PY 221-222 General Physics I and II (or PY 241-242 Physics I and 11)

    Required courses: (13 credits)

    • GS 110 Meteorology
    • GS 225 Oceanography
    • GS 250 Hydrology
    • GS 270 Sedimentary Record

    Electives: 12 credits
    4 earth science electives at the 200+ level, including one earth science course at the 300+ level. No more than one geography (GE) or geospatial course can be counted toward this requirement.
     
     
    Concentration Total: 25 credits
     Major Total: 45 credits

    Requirements for the Geography Minor
    Students will complete 19 credits including:

    • GS 101 Physical Geography (3)
    • GE 102 Human Geography (3)
    • GS 216 Geographic Information Systems I (4)
    • Three electives, 200 level or above, one each in physical and human geography and one in any category