Geography is a practical discipline which studies the distribution and movement of people, things and ideas across the complex surface of Earth. It offers great intellectual breadth by way of integrating knowledge from many disciplines in the social and natural sciences. At the same time it focuses sharply on the spatial dimension, leaving geographers best suited to answer complex questions such as why things are where they are, where they are likely to be in the future, and where they might best be located. These skills are applied at any scale to any issue where space and location play a role. For example, one might determine where to best locate a business or how to predict or manage trade. One might study neighborhood dynamics in a changing economy, or plan for urban growth and change. One might study natural hazards, resource use and distribution, or climate change; or perhaps migration, suburbanization, tourism. When location is relevant, geography plays a pivotal role.
Admission to the Program
Freshmen: 19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank. Transfer: Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.
Cartography and GIS
Geography integrates information from many fields in the context of location and place. This often involves making and interpreting maps. Most geography majors take classes in cartography, aerial photo interpretation, and/or remote sensing. They must take an introductory course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a software program which harnesses the power of maps, databases, and statistical analysis. GIS is now widely regarded as an essential planning tool and is one of the fastest growing areas of employment. Major electives may include the 5-course sequence which leads to a Certificate in GIS.
The Department offers a series of courses which focus on urban systems. These may be taken as electives. Students will learn how cities are structured from a planning and functional perspective as well as from a social/cultural view. Many classes meet in the field.
Students focusing more on the natural environment will enjoy the physical geography courses we offer. These cover landforms, soils, climates, vegetation, wildlife, natural hazards, ocean resources, energy resources, water, and more.
Bachelor Degree Requirements
A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.
3. Residency: The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.
4. Upper Division: Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5. Academic Major and Minor: Undergradute students must complete a major. Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences. No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study. All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6. Grade Point Average: To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average). Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements. Check with your academic advisor.
Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.
21 Credit Hours
|GES 104: Introduction to Geography||3 cr|
|GES 205: Physical Geography||3 cr|
|GES 250: Writing in the Discipline - G&ES||3 cr|
GES 291: GIS Across Disciplines
GES 391: GIS 1
ONE Human Geography Course from the following:
|ONE Regional Geography course from the 302 Series||3 cr|
ONE Field Course
* Field courses are those which spend at least half of class hours outside of the classroom. They are identified as field courses in department notes. These include but are not limited to the following:
* Electives are approved by your Departmental Academic Advisor.
|15 Credit Hours|
TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
|36 Credit Hours|
Careers & Employment
Geography graduates will be able to collect relevant information from many sources, integrate and interpret it, and then communicate visually with maps as well as in writing and orally. There is a saying that the three most important rules of doing business are “location, location, and location” – geographers understand location best. Students find work in governmental, non-profit, and the private sectors, working with the natural or human environment, or both. Employers appreciate their breadth of knowledge, keen understanding of the location, place, and space, and their powerful conceptual and technical skills.
Program Contact Information
Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call (773) 442-5640.