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.