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Geography course catalog

2017-18

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

MATTHEW FOCKLER, 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; one course with a human-environment interaction from GEOG-104, 305, 307, or 308; and one non-U.S. regional course from GEOG-130, GEOG-331 or GEOG-332. Geographic Skills and Inquiry (15 credits) includes all of: GEOG-270, GEOG-272, GEOG-373 or 374, GEOG-472, GEOG-473. 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 GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION. 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 category. 

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, GEOG-103 and GEOG-104 are laboratory courses which may be applied toward the Natural World requirement for graduation. GEOG-121 and GEOG-110 will carry the Individual and Society perspective. GEOG-130, GEOG-331 and GEOG-332 will carry the G designation.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.


Courses (GEOG)

Bailey Aasan

Bailey's blog: Climbing cliffs and trapping birds

Senior Bailey Aasen is blogging from Greenland, where she is part of an Augustana field crew along with Dr. Jennifer Burnham, associate professor and chair of geography.

Morgan Anderson

My Second Home on the River

Sophomore Morgan Anderson talks about why she decided to major in environmental studies and geography in an interview for WVIK Radio's "River Way Stories."

Map of U.S. rivers

Confluences connect more than just rivers

There's something about two rivers coming together that brings out the sense of wonder in geographer Norm Moline.

Riverine Walks: Sylvan Island

Dr. Norm Moline, Augustana professor emeritus of geography, will offer a Riverine Walk: "Sylvan Island Area: History, Recreation, and Sustainability."

Channel Cat Talks: Landscape Mosaic

Dr. Norm Moline, Augustana emeritus professor of geography, and Dr. Reuben Heine, Augustana associate professor of geography, will present the Channel Cat Talk "Landscape Mosaic."

Channel Cat Talks: Landscape Mosaic

Dr. Norm Moline, Augustana emeritus professor of geography, and Dr. Reuben Heine, Augustana associate professor of geography, will present the Channel Cat Talk "Landscape Mosaic."