Undergraduate Degree - Human Geography

Program:
Human Geography
Program Code:
7729 Human Geography
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS14
Department:
Department of Geography


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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
        and          
      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.  


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Human Geography, BA (7729)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Economic Geography
Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Economic Geography: 1 course from GEO113

Requirement 12: Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Human Geography
Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Human Geography: 1 course from GEO151

Requirement 13: Major - Human Geography - Meteorology and Physical Geography
Major - Human Geography - Meteorology and Physical Geography: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
1 course from GEO306
1 course from GEO203
2 courses from GEO206, GEO206L

Requirement 14: Major - Human Geography - Elective
Major - Human Geography - Elective: 1 course from GEO204, GEO330, GEO333, GEO335, GEO336, GEO337, GEO338, GEO339

Requirement 15: Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Geographic Information
Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Geographic Information: 1 course from GEO221

Requirement 16: Major - Human Geography - Geographic Information Laboratory
Major - Human Geography - Geographic Information Laboratory: 1 course from GEO221L

Requirement 17: Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers
Major - Human Geography - Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers: 1 course from GEO363

Requirement 18: Major - Human Geography - Senior Seminar
Major - Human Geography - Senior Seminar: 1 course from GEO480

Requirement 19: Major - Human Geography - Geography 300 Level
Major - Human Geography - Geography 300 Level: 6 credits from Geography courses at the 300 level

Requirement 20: Major - Human Geography - Geography 400 Level
Major - Human Geography - Geography 400 Level: 6 credits from Geography courses at the 400 level

Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 15 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, 206, 340.

Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 9 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.

Requirement 23: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 6 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.

Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.