B.A. in Geography

College of Business and Public Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography offers a choice of five emphases (called “tracks”): traditional geography (cultural, environmental, and economic geography including an international perspective), geographic information systems (GIS), urban/regional planning, environmental geography, and elective social studies teacher certification. The geographic information systems and urban/regional planning areas emphasize specialized skill development. Internships are available and are recommended for qualified students.

Geography majors must take GEO 101 or GEO 103 and achieve a grade of 2.0 or better. They also must pass WRT 120 and WRT 200 (or equivalent) with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Courses (taken under advisement) that are specifically related to identified career aspirations, and chosen outside general requirements, or geography core:

General Education Requirements
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Language & Culture Requirement
Demonstrating language proficiency through the intermediate level (202) or demonstrating language proficiency through the elementary II (102) level of a language and further acquiring a cultural foundation.3-15
Additional geography or social/behavioral science courses
Select 9 semester hours9
Major Requirements
GEO 102Physical Geography3
GEO 225Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing3
GEO 310Population Geography3
GEO 326Geographical Analysis3
GEO 400Senior Seminar In Geography3
GEO 404Senior Project in Geography3
Track Requirements
Select one of the following tracks:15
Geography Track
Select five courses from specified groups 1
Urban/Regional Planning Track
Introduction to Planning
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Computer Cartography
Select one of the following:
Land Use Planning
Land Development Controls
Environmental Planning
Select two additional courses from a specified list 1
Geographic Information Systems Track
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Computer Cartography
Geographic Information Systems Application
Select two courses from specified lists of courses 1
Environmental Geography Track
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
Environmental Crises
Select three courses from specified lists of courses 1
Elective Social Studies Teacher Certification Track
Introduction to Urban Studies (interdisciplinary)
Geography of United States and Canada (diverse communities)
Urban Geography (diverse communities)
Select two geography courses 2
Under advisement, cognates and free electives are selected to complete remaining teacher certification requirements and prepare for standardized examination.
Related/Cognate Requirements
Courses (taken under advisement) that are specifically related to identified career aspirations, and chosen outside general requirements, or geography core:15
Required of all majors:
Business and Organizational Writing
Technical Writing
Required for urban/regional planning track: four courses selected under advisement
Required of geographic information systems track: four courses selected under advisement
Required of environmental geographic track: four courses selected under advisement
Student Electives
Select 3-15 semester hours3-15
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

 Taken under advisement

2

 Most recommended are GEO 101, GEO 213, GEO 214, GEO 215, GEO 230, GEO 302, GEO 303, GEO 318, GEO 324, GEO 332

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

Recommended Course Sequence- BA Geography: General Track

Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102Physical Geography3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Foreign Language (101)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Two
MAT 103 (or higher)Introduction to Mathematics3
SPK 208Public Speaking3
GEO 101World Geography3
Foreign Language (102)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing3
Geography Elective3
WRT 200Critical Writing and Research3
Foreign Language (201)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204Introduction to Urban Studies3
Geography Elective3
Foreign Language (202)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
Geography Elective3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Culture Cluster3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310Population Geography3
GEO 326Geographical Analysis3
ENG 368 or 371Business and Organizational Writing3
Geography Elective3
Elective3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400Senior Seminar In Geography3
Geography Elective3
General Elective3
Cognate Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404Senior Project in Geography3
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective3
General Elective3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15

Recommended Course Sequence- BA Geography: GIS Track 

Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102Physical Geography3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Foreign Language (101)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101World Geography3
MAT 103 (or higher)Introduction to Mathematics3
SPK 208Public Speaking3
Foreign Language (102)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing3
GEO 324Intro to Geographic Information Systems3
WRT 200Critical Writing and Research3
Foreign Language (201) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204Introduction to Urban Studies3
GEO 328Computer Cartography3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
Geography Elective3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Culture Cluster3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310Population Geography3
GEO 326Geographical Analysis3
ENG 368 or 371Business and Organizational Writing3
GEO 424Geographic Information Systems Application3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400Senior Seminar In Geography3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404Senior Project in Geography3
Geogrphy Elective3
Geography Elective3
General Elective3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15

Recommended Course Sequence - BA Geography: Environmental Track

Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102Physical Geography3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Foreign Language (101)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101World Geography3
MAT 103 (or higher)Introduction to Mathematics3
SPK 208Public Speaking3
Foreign Language (102)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing3
GEO 214Introduction to Planning3
WRT 200Critical Writing and Research3
Foreign Language (210) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204Introduction to Urban Studies3
Geography Elective3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
GEO 230 or 332Environmental Conservation and Sustainability3
GEO 324Intro to Geographic Information Systems3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Culture Cluster3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310Population Geography3
GEO 326Geographical Analysis3
ENG 368 or 371Business and Organizational Writing3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400Senior Seminar In Geography3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404Senior Project in Geography3
Geography Elective3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15

Recommended Course Sequence - BA Geography: Planning Track

Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102Physical Geography3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Foreign Language (101)3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101World Geography3
MAT 104 (or higher)Introduction to Applied Mathematics3
SPK 208Public Speaking3
Foreign Language (102)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing3
GEO 214Introduction to Planning3
WRT 200Critical Writing and Research3
Foreign Language (210) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204Introduction to Urban Studies3
Geography Elective3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
GEO 320, 322, or 336Land Use Planning3
GEO 324Intro to Geographic Information Systems3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Culture Cluster3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310Population Geography3
GEO 326Geographical Analysis3
ENG 368 or 371Business and Organizational Writing3
Geography Elective (GEO 328 Recommended)3
General Education Course3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400Senior Seminar In Geography3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404Senior Project in Geography3
Geography Elective3
Geography Elective3
General Education Course3
Cognate Course3
 Credits15