Train for a career in earth sciences.
As climate change becomes more severe, it is more important than ever to understand earth systems and their interrelationship with human actions. With the Geography Major, you will analyze weather systems, landforms, and hydrology and investigate how social processes such as globalization, demographics, urbanization, and the construction of cultural identities shape the earth’s surface and climate. You will develop important analytical and problem-solving skills that are relevant to a wide range of scientific, environmental, and public policy–oriented careers. Then you will put theory into practice through hands-on experimentation and research in our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and earth science laboratories and in an off-campus internship or research opportunity with a local organization. Membership in Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society, is available to distinguished students.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
- Learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing, and GIS
- Conduct both field- and laboratory-based analysis
- Participate in faculty-led undergraduate research on topics like water pollution, urban geography, atmospheric carbon sequestration, cartography, remote sensing of the environment, drone-based imaging, and more
- Focus your studies with a concentration in earth science education, earth system science, environmental studies, geographic information systems, and general geography
- Discover the relevance of geography to a wide array of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, sociology, urban studies, political science, and public policy
Options in Geography
In addition to core geography courses, you will take the courses Introduction to Organismal Biology, Principles of Ecology, Introduction to Astronomy, Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrology, The Sedimentary Record, any math course at 200 level or above, and a physics course as well as 12 credits of electives.
In addition to core geography courses, you will take the courses Pre-calculus, Geomorphology, Oceanography, Biogeography, and a physics or chemistry course as well as 14 credits of electives.
In addition to core geography courses, you will take Global Environmental Change and 3 or 4 of the following courses: Coastal Environments, Sustainable Communities, American Public Lands: Environmental Issues, Environment and Development, Sustainable Food Systems, Fundamentals of Renewable Energy, Sustainable Housing And Techniques, and Selected Topics: Geography, as well as 1 of the following courses: Internship: Geography, Independent Study: Geography, and Readings and Directed Research.
In addition to core geography courses, you will take the courses Physical Geography or Meteorology, Human Geography, Physical Geology, Geographic Information Systems I, Geography Literature Seminar, Geography Seminar, at least one advanced course (200-400 level) in physical geography or human geography, and 3 advanced courses in any category.
In addition to core geography courses, you will take the courses Programming for Non-CS Majors, Statistics I, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems II, 4 courses at the 200 - 400 level in either physical or human geography, and one of the following courses: Independent Study: Geography, Readings and Directed Research, or Internship: Geography.
The Geography Honors Program is intended for outstanding majors interested in research as well as those who plan to pursue an advanced degree. As an honors student, you will complete an original research project, defend the project before an approved review committee, and present the project in at least 1 venue external to Worcester State. Applicants should have completed the geography core courses through GE-200 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.