Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Human Geography

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography provides comprehensive academic training in the human dimensions of the environment, particularly how people are affected by the environment, and how they alter and change it. Geographic knowledge is essential for understanding rapid social and environmental change in a globalized society. Human geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the Earth’s cultures. With training in both the natural and social sciences, human geographers have a wide range of career opportunities in public and private sectors. They find work in consulting, government, urban and regional planning, locational analysis, marketing, real estate, tourism, transportation, and teaching. Geographers are increasingly in demand for jobs that require expertise in geospatial techniques, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and cartography.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Geography

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Geography major is met by completing Geography 480. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following courses with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average (34 to 35 credits):
    a. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
      GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
      GEO 151 Introduction to Human Geography 3
    b. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
      GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
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      GEO 206L Physical Geography Laboratory 1
      GEO 306 Environmental Geomorphology 3
      Students who choose Geography 206 must also enroll in Geography 206L either concurrently or in a subsequent term.  
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
      GEO 330 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
      GEO 333 Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region 3
      GEO 335 Geography of Latin America 3
      GEO 336 Geography of Europe 3
      GEO 337 Geography of Asia-Pacific 3
      GEO 338 Geography of Africa 3
      GEO 339 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa 3
    d. All of the following courses (7 credits):  
      GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
      GEO 221L Geographic Information Laboratory 1
      GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
    e. The following course (3 credits):
     
      GEO 480 Senior Seminar 3
    f. Twelve additional credits in Geography courses including at least 6 credits at the 300-level and above and 6 credits at the 400-level.