Major in Geography for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Geography is the study of space and location; it is a practical discipline which incorporates knowledge from the natural and social sciences to address problems of a spatial dimension. Geographers describe spatial patterns – where things are, where they are not, and why they are distributed that way. They determine optimal locations – for example, where a business should be or where to purchase a home. They also study interactions, such as travel patterns, trade, and migration.

Many geographers use Geographic Information Systems: computer software that merges maps, data, and analysis. The Department’s GIS Certificate Program can be incorporated into their major as electives or may be taken for the Certificate alone, outside of the degree program.  A minor in Geographic Information Science, which results in a Certificate as well, is also available.

In addition to the required courses in geography, students may choose to specialize in urban and social geography or geospatial techniques. The first option focuses on the study of metropolitan areas and the socio-spatial patterns that characterize them. Students are introduced to principles of urban planning and urban design and the dynamics of urbanization. The latter option includes instruction in field methods, computer-assisted mapping, statistics, geographic information science, and interpretation of aerial photos and satellite images.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements


Major in Geography requirements 

Required Courses
GES-104World Geography3
GES-205Physical Geography3
GES-250Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES3
GES-291GIS Across Disciplines3
or GES-391 Geographic Information Systems I
Select one of the following:3
Economic Geography
Cultural Geography
Urban Geography
Political Geography
Population Geography
Select one Regional Geography from the GES-302 series3
Select one Field Course (see departmental notes)3
ELECTIVES15
Total Hours36

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
GES-109AFirst Year Experience:Global Chicago3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course (MATH)3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
GES-104World Geography3
ENGL-101Writing I3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Elective3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
GES-205Physical Geography3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Human Georgraphy Course3
 Term Hours15
Third Year
Term 1
GES-250Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES3
GES-291 or 391GIS Across Disciplines3
GES Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
GES Elective3
GES 302 - Regional Geography class (title varies)3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Fourth Year
Term 1
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
GES Elective3
Field Course from Short List3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
GES Elective3
GES Elective3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours: 120