Department of Geography
305 Hanna Hall, 419-372-2925
The program is designed around the department's focus on the spatial analysis of regional change and development. In this context, the concept of a "region" is defined as a spatial unit that may include both urban and rural areas. Within the department's focus, the primary emphasis is on applied human geographic dimensions of resources, land use, population, and socio-economic analysis. Spatial analysis techniques of computer mapping, GIS, and remote sensing are also emphasized and integrated. All geography majors are advised to take a course in statistics.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in geography are expected to:
- Know and apply geographic concepts in identifying, analyzing, and explaining spatial/global issues and processes;
- Identify and analyze the past and present processes that contribute to the world's constantly changing cultural and physical environments;
- Ascertain the interrelationships and interactions between and among regions;
- Collect, integrate, analyze, display, and communicate spatial information and data sources by using mapping skills, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other tools and techniques such as air photo interpretation, remote sensing, statistics, and computers;
- Apply spatial dimensions in analyzing issues and determining how human perceptions and actions contribute to distinct global identities and regional variations.
Minor (21 hours)
Courses recommended include GEOG 1250 or 2130, 2250 or 2300, 3210, plus 12 hours. A journalism or telecommunications major can minor in broadcast meteorology. This consists of GEOG 1250, 2130, 3030, 4000, 4040, 1220 or 3420, and 4550, 4570, or 4900.