Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Economic Geography

The Bachelor of Science degree in Economic Geography provides a comprehensive program for students interested in the roles of space, place, location, scale, key agents, and forces in the economic sphere.  The program prepares students to succeed in commercial, non-government organizations, nonprofits, or governmental realms as well as the pursuit of graduate degrees, with emphases on spatial planning and control of issues ranging from transport and markets to poverty and inequality.  Students attain substantial quantitative and technical skills as well as practical skills for solving problems drawn from local, regional, and global settings.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Economic 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 Science degree in Economic Geography.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Economic Geography major is met by completing Geography 480.  That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following courses with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average (42 or 43 credits):
    a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    b. The following course (3 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    c. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
    GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
    GEO 151 Introduction to Human Geography 3
    d. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
    GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
    e. Three of the following courses (9 credits):
    GEO 413 Urban Geography 3
    GEO 414 Geography of Transportation 3
    GEO 415 Location Theory and Land Use Analysis 3
    GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
    GEO 453 Metropolitan Environments: Urban Forms and Land Uses 3
    GEO 459 Tourism in Regional Development 3
    f. The following course (3 credits):
    GEO 480 Senior Seminar 3
    g. Six additional credits in Geography courses at the 300-level and above.
    h. Two courses outside the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences (6 credits):
    CE 341 Transportation Engineering 3
    CE 448 Transportation Planning 3
    CSUS 320 Environmental Planning and Management 3
    CSUS 447 Community Economic Development 3
    CSUS 474 Advanced Topics in Tourism Management 3
    EC 301 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
    EC 306 Comparative Economic Systems 3
    EC 310 Economics of Developing Countries 3
    EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
    EEP 320 Environmental Economics 3
    UP 314 Methods for Investigation of Urban Systems 4
    UP 353 Land Use Planning 4
    In addition to the requirements for the major, students may elect to complete a cognate in business. The requirements for the cognate are met by completing four of the following courses (12 credits):
    ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
    FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
    GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
    MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
    MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3