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Geography

2015-16

JENNIFER BURNHAM, Associate Professor and Chair 
A.B., Augustana; M.S., Illinois; Ph.D., Washington

MATTHEW FOCKLER, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., M.S., University of Nevada; Ph.D., Montana State

REUBEN A. HEINE, Associate Professor
B.A., St. Cloud; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois (Carbondale)

CHRISTOPHER R. STRUNK, Assistant Professor
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Minnesota

MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHY. 33 credits. Geographic Fundamentals (12 credits) includes one course with a physical geography orientation from GEOG-101, GEOG-102, GEOG-103; one course with a urban and cultural geography orientation from GEOG 110, GEOG-121, or 220; and one course with a human-environment interaction from GEOG-104, 305, 307, or 308. Geographic Skills and Inquiry (15 credits) includes all of: GEOG-270, GEOG-272, GEOG-373 or 374, GEOG-472, GEOG-473; and one non-U.S. regional course from GEOG-130, GEOG-331, or GEOG-332. Electives (6 credits) includes two courses selected from one of three advising tracks (GIS and Technology, Urban and Cultural Geography, or Physical and Environmental Geography). See geography advisor for details.

Recommended supporting courses: Geography summer field trip (GEOG-380-01), a statistics course (PSYC-240, BUSN-211, or SOC-230), writing courses (ENGL-341), Public speaking courses (COMM-104, 204, or 401), research methods skills (COMM-381, ANTH-419, HIST-369, HIST-320), geography internship, or participation in a study away program. See geography advisor for additional recommended courses depending upon student interests.

MAJOR IN TEACHING GEOGRAPHY. Please consult the department chair for information.

MINOR IN GEOGRAPHY. 18 credits. Geographic Fundamentals (9 credits) includes one course with a physical geography orientation from GEOG-101, GEOG-102, GEOG-103; one course with a urban and cultural geography orientation from GEOG-110, GEOG-121, or GEOG-220; and one course from either a human-environment orientation (GEOG-104, 305, 307, or 308) OR a regional geography perspective (GEOG-130, GEOG-331, or GEOG-332). Electives (9 credits) includes courses from GEOG-272 or above (except GEOG-472 and GEOG-473) other than those taken in the Geographic Fundamentals catagory. 

Geography is a "bridge" discipline that overlaps the traditional division between the natural and the social sciences. Some courses in the department have a natural science orientation (Perspective on the Natural World and Investigative Lab designation) while others have a social science orientation (Perspective on the Individual and Society and may have a D or G designation). GEOG-101, GEOG-102 and GEOG-103 are laboratory courses which may be applied toward the Natural World requirement for graduation. GEOG-121 and GEOG-210 will carry the Individual and Society perspective. GEOG-331 and GEOG-332 will carry the G designation.


Courses (GEOG)