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Division of Social Sciences

Office location

Gooding Building, Room 106

Telephone number

(904) 256-7210

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.

Please note: The requirements below apply to the current catalog year. Students should always confirm requirements for their Catalog Year with their academic advisor.

Major Requirements

Geography majors must complete the following courses:

  • GEOG 200: World Geography (3)
  • Either:
    • GEOG 211: Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (3), or
    • GEOG 425: Public Opinion & Survey Research Methods (3)
  • GEOG 230: Earth Science (3)
  • GEOG 350TI: Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • GEOG 420: Methods of Social Research (3)
  • GEOG xxx: Additional 12 credit hours of geography courses.
  • XXX xxx: Any Speech Intensive (SI) course. (3)

Environment Track within the Geography Major (16)

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.

  • BIOL 170/L: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution/Lab (4)
  • GEOG 314: Population Geography (3)
  • GEOG 331: Conservation of Natural Resources (3)
  • GEOG 431: Environmental Issues of Florida (3)
  • GEOG 460: Climate Change (3)

Minor Requirements (15)

A minor in geography consists of the following courses:

  • GEOG 200: World Geography (3)
  • XXX xxx: Any four (4) additional geography courses (12)