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

Accelerated B.A. in Geography to M.S. in Geography Program

Any Geography major with junior-standing in the Environmental, GIS, or Geography track, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher may substitute up to 12 graduate credits to satisfy the B.A. program.

Elective Courses
Select from the courses below:
GEO 502Topical Seminar in Geography3
GEO 505Planning Design3
GEO 506Seminar in Physical Geography3
GEO 507Internet Applications of Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 521Suburbanization and Land Development3
GEO 524Population Processes3
GEO 525Urban and Regional Planning3
GEO 526Metropolitan Systems and Problems3
GEO 527Planning Law and Organization3
GEO 531Transportation Planning3
PLN 536Environmental Planning3
GEO 538Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 554Geography and Planning of Housing3
GEO 577Geodatabases3

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.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Recommended Course Sequence- BA Geography: General Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102 Physical Geography 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Foreign Language (101) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (or higher) 3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
GEO 101 World Geography 3
Foreign Language (102) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225 Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing 3
Geography Elective 3
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
Foreign Language (201) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
Geography Elective 3
Foreign Language (202) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Culture Cluster 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310 Population Geography 3
GEO 326 Geographical Analysis 3
ENG 368
Business and Organizational Writing
or Technical Writing
3
Geography Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400 Senior Seminar In Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
General Elective 3
Cognate Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404 Senior Project in Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Elective 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Recommended Course Sequence- BA Geography: GIS Track 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102 Physical Geography 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Foreign Language (101) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101 World Geography 3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (or higher) 3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
Foreign Language (102) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225 Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing 3
GEO 324 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
Foreign Language (201) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
GEO 328 Computer Cartography 3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Culture Cluster 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310 Population Geography 3
GEO 326 Geographical Analysis 3
ENG 368
Business and Organizational Writing
or Technical Writing
3
GEO 424 Geographic Information Systems Application 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400 Senior Seminar In Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404 Senior Project in Geography 3
Geogrphy Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Elective 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Recommended Course Sequence - BA Geography: Environmental Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102 Physical Geography 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Foreign Language (101) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101 World Geography 3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (or higher) 3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
Foreign Language (102) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225 Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing 3
GEO 214 Introduction to Planning 3
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
Foreign Language (210) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
Geography Elective 3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
GEO 230
Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
or Environmental Crises
3
GEO 324 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Culture Cluster 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310 Population Geography 3
GEO 326 Geographical Analysis 3
ENG 368
Business and Organizational Writing
or Technical Writing
3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400 Senior Seminar In Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404 Senior Project in Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Recommended Course Sequence - BA Geography: Planning Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
GEO 102 Physical Geography 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Foreign Language (101) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
GEO 101 World Geography 3
MAT 104 Introduction to Applied Mathematics (or higher) 3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
Foreign Language (102) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
GEO 225 Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing 3
GEO 214 Introduction to Planning 3
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
Foreign Language (210) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
GEO 204 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
Geography Elective 3
Foreign Language (202) or Culture Cluster 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
PLN 320 Land Use Planning 3
GEO 324 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Culture Cluster 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
GEO 310 Population Geography 3
GEO 326 Geographical Analysis 3
ENG 368
Business and Organizational Writing
or Technical Writing
3
Geography Elective (GEO 328 Recommended) 3
General Education Course 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
GEO 400 Senior Seminar In Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GEO 404 Senior Project in Geography 3
Geography Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Cognate Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120