Geography Major (B.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/geography

The geography major provides undergraduates with a solid foundation in geography by uniting social and biophysical sciences, humanities and technology to examine the factors that make a place or environment unique. A geography degree will prepare students to pursue a variety of careers or professional and graduate degrees.

With interests ranging from globalization to climate change and sustainability, urbanization to community development at home and abroad, UNH geography graduates have gone on to careers in urban, regional, and transportation planning, community development, environmental conservation and natural resources management, sustainability science, geographic information science, market research, locational analysis, population studies, foreign aid, international diplomacy, and education. 


 

To earn a bachelor of arts in geography, students must complete 10 geography courses with a minimum grade of C-minus:

Select five core courses
Select four courses in one of three areas of concentration
Select one elective course

Students must select an area of concentration within six months of declaring geography as their major.

Core Courses

All geography majors must complete five core courses:

GEOG 401Regional Geography of the Western World4
GEOG 402Regional Geography of the Non-Western World4
GEOG 572Geography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 581Human Geography4
GEOG/NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
Total Credits20

The core courses are intended to provide students a basic understanding of human, physical, and world regional geography, plus geographic information systems. They should be taken as early as possible in a student's program because they provide a foundation for more advanced coursework.

Students are encouraged to complete GEOG 595 Statistics for Spatial Science, or another statistics course approved by their adviser, before enrolling in GEOG 658 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

Human Geography Concentration

Intended for students most interested in the geography of human activity, including population, urban, cultural, political, and economic geography.

Select three of the following, including one course at the 600-level or above:12
Global Trade and Local Development
Political Geography
Political Ecology
GEOG 680
Geography of Population and Development
World Economy and Globalization
Select one of the following regional geography courses:4
Geography of the United States and Canada
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
Geography of China
Geography of the Middle East
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Total Credits16

Environmental Geography Concentration

Intended for students most interested in the geography of the natural environment, including weather, climate, landforms, biogeography, and human-environment interactions.

Select three of the following, including one course at the 600-level or above:12
Human-Environment Geography
Elements of Weather
Geography of Natural Hazards
Biogeography
Geography of Landforms
Climate and Society
Weather Forecasting
Political Ecology
Statistics for Spatial Science 1
Total Credits12
1

Or a fourth course from the list above plus another statistics course approved by advisor.

Geotechniques Concentration

Intended for students most interested in geographic information systems, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and other geographic techniques.

Select three of the following:12
Field Methods in Geography
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Digital Image Processing for Natural Resources
Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources
Statistics for Spatial Science 1
Total Credits12
1

Or a fourth course from the list above plus another statistics course approved by advisor.

Other Courses

A course taught as GEOG 796 Special Topics may fulfill the major elective requirement or be applied to a concentration if approved by department faculty. The following courses may fulfill the major elective requirement if taken for four credits but cannot be applied to a concentration.

GEOG 695Internship1-4
GEOG 795Special Project2 or 4
GEOG 799Honors Thesis4

Additional Requirements

Students entering UNH beginning in August 2010 must pass a comprehensive examination in their senior year to fulfill the Discovery capstone requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0. Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

The University's foreign language requirement can be fulfilled by the following languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Latin, or Greek. Other languages will be considered by petition.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.