What Is Geography?

BS in Geography

Field trip to Jupaga cotton gin.A student seeking a B.S. degree in geography is expected to complete a minimum curriculum of 40 hours in geography. Students select applicable electives with a department undergraduate advisor.

The Department of Geography also has a GIS track option for certification in GIS/Remote Sensing.

For students interested in a career in education, the Department of Geography works closely with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. Geography is part of a Social Studies composite degree program that prepares students to teach at middle and high school levels.

BS in Spatial Sciences

Underwater research in coastal geographyThe Spatial Sciences bring together multidisciplinary fields of scientific study through the application of technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing. These cutting-edge technologies help environmental and natural resource managers map geographical features, patterns, changes, and conditions for environmental decision-making, planning, and problem solving. Texas A&M University, through the Department of Forest Science (Spatial Sciences Laboratory) and the Department of Geography, offers a degree in spatial sciences that combines a solid background in spatial science and environmental studies. This degree provides students with an advanced knowledge of the spatial sciences, experience in interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite images, as well as a broad understanding of computer applications and database management.

Through core coursework in spatial sciences and supporting courses students will learn to utilize the full potential of the spatial sciences in real-world problem solving. From real-time wildfire risk assessment, to crime analysis, the spatial sciences are fast becoming an integral part of modern resource management.

For more information, go to Spatial Sciences website.

Minor in Geography

Students of other disciplines may minor in geography by taking a minimum of 16 hours, which must include GEOG 201 and 203. The remaining 9 hours must include at least 6 hours in upper division courses, 3 of which must be at the 400-level. The selection of courses must be made in agreement with a geography undergraduate advisor.

Minor in Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics is used to solve problems associated with land administration, environmental and natural resource management, planning and population studies, as well as traditional surveying and mapping applications. Geoinformatics uses GIS, remote sensing and global positioning satellite field mapping to collect, analyze, and display spatial information. Students must complete GEOG 309, GEOG 475, and GEOG 352. In addition, students must complete two of the following four courses GEOL 309, GEOG 489 (Remote Sensing), CPSC 111, CPSC 211. Geology and Geophysics majors may not use GEOL 309 to satisfy this requirement.

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