Geography is the study of place in the same sense that history is the study of time. Moreover, geographers can visit and explore any place in the world. Geographers concentrate on asking two essential questions--Where are things located? and Why are they located there? From the information we obtain to these questions, geographers can study the local, national, and global patterns that shape our lives.
Geographers are interdisciplinary scientists who study both the human and natural environments. As a result, geographers are free to study issues and phenomena from virtually all other disciplines. Geography is divided into three (3) distinct fields and numerous subfields:
- Human geography
- Physical geography
- Technical geography
Human geography is the study of topics in the social sciences and human environment such as social, political, economic, or population issues. Physical geography is the study of topics in the physical sciences and natural environment such as climate, geology, resources, or biology. Technical geography encompasses the technical skills of geography including mapping and data analysis. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have enabled geographers to merge these technical skills.
*The requirements below apply to the 2013-2014 Catalog. Students should always confirm requirements for their Catalog Year with their academic advisor.*
Geography majors must complete the following courses:
||Methods of Social Research
||Geographic Information Systems
||Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
|or GEOG 425
||Public Opinion & Survey Research Methods
||Additional 12 credit hours of geography courses
||Any speech intensive (SI) course
Environment Track within the Geography Major
Geography majors may elect to pursue the Environment Track within the major. The following courses are required for the environment track. The GEOG courses in the environment track may also be used to fulfill the 12 credit hour requirement in the geography major.
||Introduction to Ecology and Evolution/Lab
||Conservation of Natural Resources
||Environmental Issues of Florida
A minor in geography consists of the following courses:
||Any four (4) additional geography courses