Geography, B.S.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critcal Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)3
GEO 100 Bison image Intro to Human Geography (CT)3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
STA 225 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Statistics (CT)3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
GEO 100 Bison image Intro to Human Geography (CT) (Core II Social Science)3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive (300/400)3
GEO 100 Bison image Intro to Human Geography (CT) (Multicultural or International)3
Capstone4
College-Specific
COLA Literature3
COLA Literature3
COLA Humanities3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
GEO 101 Bison image Physical Geography (CT) (COLA Natural/Physical Science)4
COLA International Credit3
COLA Multicultural Credit3
Major-Specific
GEO 100 Bison image Intro to Human Geography (CT)3
GEO 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Physical Geography (CT)4
GEO 300Methods in Geography3
GEO 423Cartography & GIS3
GEO 426 Cap graduation image Principles of GIS4
GEO 498 Bison image Senior Capstone2
GEO 499 Bison image Senior Capstone II (WI)2
Regional Geography3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective3
GEO Elective3
GEO Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements.
  • Questions about requirements should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350). Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate.
  • The B.S. in Geography requires a minimum total of 45 credit hours of Geography coursework. Beyond the Geography Core Requirements, students choose a minimum of 15 credits from Physical Geography or GIScience. Remaining electives may be chosen from any GEO courses. To compensate for the increased number of hours for the B.S. in Geography (including the Meteorology and Weather Broadcasting areas of emphasis), students are exempted from the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement.

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Four Year Plan

Geography is the systematic study of the spatial aspects of human activity, the natural world, and human-environment interaction. The discipline of Geography occupies a unique position as a bridge between the social sciences (Human Geography), natural sciences (Physical Geography), and STEM fields (GIScience). As a result, the Geography Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Both degrees offer students broad exposure to the various subfields of Geography and provide specialized career training and preparation. Geography is a rapidly expanding discipline with diverse career opportunities across the environmental sciences, social sciences, and technological fields in both the public and private sectors.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
GEO 100 Bison image Intro to Human Geography (CT) (MC/I) 3
STA 225 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Statistics (CT) 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
GEO 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Physical Geography (CT) (Core II Nat/Phys. Science) 4
Writing Intensive 3
Core II Humanities 3
Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
COLA Humanities 3
Regional Geography 3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective 3
COLA Literature 3
COLA Social Science 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
COLA Literature 3
GEO 300 Methods in Geography 3
COLA Social Science 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
COLA Social Science 3
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective 3
GEO 423 Cartography & GIS 3
COLA Multicultural 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective 3
300/400 Writing Intensive 3
GEO 426 Cap graduation image Principles of GIS 4
COLA International 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
GEO 498 Bison image Senior Capstone 2
Physical Geo. or GIScience Elective 3
GEO Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
GEO 499 Bison image Senior Capstone II (WI) 2
GEO Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120