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The science of Geography is the all-encompassing study of the planet upon which we live. Contrary to common public perception, it is not just the study of where things are, but rather the study of how those things came to be there in the first place, and how they have changed over time. This study accounts for both the influences of nature (Physical Geography) and man (Human Geography). Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water, with a view to understanding the physical layout of the Earth. Human geographers, meanwhile, are concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence – how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the Earth’s surface. The Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) empower geographers to both map and analyze the spatial patterns associated with both of these sub-disciplines. While geographers will ultimately specialize in one of these areas of Geography, students seeking their Bachelor’s degree will have the opportunity to study each prior to later concentration.

Curriculum

Students who enter FAU as freshmen and major in Geography must meet the University’s Intellectual Foundations Program requirements as listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. All Geography students seeking the B.A. degree must also meet the University’s foreign language requirement as listed in the Degree Requirements section.

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

The core courses below (18 credits) are required of all students for the B.A. in Geography. Students then complete 6 credits from each of the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIS – (18 credits). The remaining 15 credits are additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration mentioned above. Total credits for the B.A. in Geography are 51. All of the courses listed below are currently offered online, or will be in the near future. (Additional courses in each of the areas of concentration are offered as face-to-face courses which must be taken on campus).

Core Courses:  18 credits
Take all of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
GEA 2000 World Geography 3
GEO 2200C Introduction to Physical Geography 3
MET 2010 Weather and Climate 3
GIS 3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS 3
GEO 4022 Quantitative Methods 3
GEA 4275 Human-Environmental Interactions in South Florida 3

Concentration Areas: 18 credits
Choose 2 courses from each of the 3 areas below:
Environmental Systems

Course # Course Name Credits
GEO 4300 Biogeography 3
ESC 3704 Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science 3
GLY 4700C Geomorphology 3
GEO 4280C Water Resources  3

Human Systems

Course # Course Name Credits
GEO 4422 American Cultural Landscape 3
GEO 4602 Urban Geography 3

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Course # Course Name Credits
GIS 4013C Principles of GIS 3
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GIS 4037C Digital Image Analysis 3
GIS 4102C Programming in GIS 3
GEO 4167C Spatial Data Analysis 3

Electives: 15 credits
The remaining requirements for the B.A. in Geography are 15 credits of additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIS) listed above. The courses should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor based on the student’s interests and career goals.

Sample Careers:
Geography graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Furthermore, the job prospects for Geography majors is bright. (http://www.geosciences.fau.edu/GeographyJobs.pdf).

Employers include:

  • Local and national governments
  • the military
  • police departments
  • private companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • environmental protection agencies
  • utility companies
  • charities
  • information systems organizations

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Degree Details
College College of Science
Degree type B.A.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
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* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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