The Geography, BS is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the integrated social and environmental processes that continuously shape and reshape the world we live in. This major provides students with broad training across the core subdisciplines of geography (human, physical, and GIScience), emphasizing application and technique-driven coursework, in addition to a rigorous science and mathematics curriculum. Students will find numerous opportunities for employment in both the private and public sectors, as well as in academia, as geographers are well suited to address important local, regional, and global challenges in today's world, given their interdisciplinary approach and uniquely spatial perspective.
The Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science fosters a supportive, active learning environment in which students are encouraged to work closely with both faculty and peers. The curriculum in this major provides students with the analytical, technical, and practical training that prepares them to be successful in an ever-evolving job market. For students who wish to pursue their interest in geography via a more flexible degree program, the department also offers a Geography, BA.
University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.
To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.
GGS 415 Seminar in Geography fulfills the writing intensive requirement.
For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.
Total credits: minimum 120
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Candidates for the Geography, BS degree must complete the following Core, Breadth and Experience, and Geography Elective courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00:
|GGS 102||Physical Geography (Mason Core)||3-4|
|or GGS 121||Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)|
|GGS 103||Human Geography (Mason Core)||3|
|GGS 110||Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies||3|
|GGS 300||Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis||3|
|GGS 310||Introduction to Digital Cartography||4|
|GGS 311||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GGS 415||Seminar in Geography 1||3|
Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.
Breadth and Experience Courses
|Advanced Technique Courses|
|GGS 412||Air Photography Interpretation||3|
|Select three from the following:||9|
|Field Mapping Techniques|
|Data Analysis and Global Change Detection Techniques|
|Introduction to Hyperspectral Imaging|
|Advanced Digital Cartography|
|Satellite Image Analysis|
|Applied Geographic Information Systems|
|Special Topics in Geographic Techniques|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Global Environmental Hazards|
|Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)|
|Population Geography (Mason Core)|
|Meteorology and Climate|
|Severe and Extreme Weather|
|Issues in Global Change|
|Structures in Urban Governance and Planning|
|Selected Topics in Global Change|
|Select Topics in GGS|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Geography of the United States|
|Geography of Latin America|
|Geography of Europe|
|Geography of North Africa and the Middle East|
|Geography of the Soviet Succession States|
|Issues in Regional Geography|
|Geography of Virginia|
|Select 3 credits of undergraduate-level GGS courses||3|
|Select 6 credits of 300 or 400-level GGS courses||6|
|MATH 113||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)||4|
|MATH 114||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||3-4|
|or IT 207||Applied IT Programming|
|or STAT 250||Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)|
|CS 112||Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)||4|
Mason Core and Elective Credits
In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 58-60 credits, which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements, Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.
Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Western Civilization/World History||3|
|Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1|
minimum 3 credits