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A B.S. in Geosciences with a Geography focus will give students an understanding of not only where phenomena are located upon the Earth’s surface, but how they came to be there. Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) allow us to manage and analyze these spatial relationships. Geography majors will be prepared for an exciting career in a variety of industries, both in the private and public sectors.

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.

Online Curriculum

Students who enter FAU as freshmen and major in Geosciences must meet the University’s Intellectual Foundations Program requirements as listed in the Degree Requirements section of the catalog. All Geoscience 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 Geoscience core courses below (15 credits) are required of all students for the B.S. in Geosciences. Students selecting the Geography focus are required to complete a Science core (4 credits), the Geography focus core courses (24 credits),  and Geoscience electives (30-31 credits) as noted below. Total credits for the B.S. in Geoscience with a Geography focus are 73-74 credits. Courses available online are noted below.

Geoscience Core Courses: 10 credits
Take all of the following (all of these courses are available online):

Course # Course Title Credits
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics 3
CHM 2045, 2045L General Chemistry and Lab 4
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 4
GIS 3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS 3
GEO 4920 Geosciences Honors Colloquium 1

Science Core Courses: 4 credits
Take one of the following (both of these courses are only available on campus):

Course # Course Title Credits
BSC 1010/1010L Biological Principles and Lab OR 4
BSC 1011/1011L Biodiversity and Lab 4

Geography Focus Core Courses: 24 credits
Take all of the following (all of these courses are available online):

Course # Course Title Credits
GEA 2000 World Geography 3
GEO 2200C Introduction to Physical Geography 3
MET 2010 Weather and Climate 3
GEO 4022 Quantitative Methods 3
GIS 4043C Principles of GIS 3
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GEA 4275 Human-Environmental Interactions in South Florida 3
GEO 4300 Biogeography 3

Geography Electives: 30 – 31 credits
All of the following courses are available online; additional courses are available on campus:

Course # Course Title Credits
ESC 2000 The Blue Planet 3
ESC 3704 Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science 3
GLY 3730 Coastal and Marine Science 3
GIS 4037C Digital Image Analysis 3
GIS 4102C Programming in GIS 3
GEO 4167C Spatial Data Analysis 3
GEO 4280C Water Resources 3
GEO 4602 Urban Geography 3
GLY 4700C Geomorphology 3
EVR 3114 Climate Change: Myths, Realities and Solutions 3
EVR 4112 Natural Hazards, Climate and Society 3
GIS 4118C Intro to Hydrology & Aquifer Testing 3

(Upon approval from an advisor in the Geosciences department, other Geoscience classes completed at FAU may be substituted.)

Note: These degree requirements went into effect for the 2018-19 academic year. Catalog year determines the set of academic requirements (general education and the major) that must be fulfilled for graduation. Consult with an academic advisor about the degree requirements for the BS in Geoscience prior to Summer 2018.


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. (

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.S.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
* 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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