Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geography

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

For the major, 37 credits, including 16 credits in required courses, 18 credits in courses taken from among three subject groups, and one 3-credit elective course.

Required
GEOG 1001Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 1002Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 3106Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4195Proseminar in Geographic Thought
Group A: Physical Geography
At least two courses from the following, one of which must be taken at the 3000 level.
GEOG 2129Biogeography
GEOG 2134Energy Resources
GEOG 2136Water Resources
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
GEOG 3108Weather and Climate
GEOG 3128Geomorphology
GEOG 3194Special Topics in Physical Geography
Group B: Human Geography
At least two courses from the following, one of which must be taken at the 3000 level.
GEOG 2124Urban Transportation
GEOG 2125Transportation Systems and Networks
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2133People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2140Cities and Societies
GEOG 2141Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2144Explorations in Historical Geography
GEOG 2147Military Geography
GEOG 2148Economic Geography
GEOG 3145Cultural Geography
GEOG 3146Political Geography
GEOG 3195Special Topics in Human Geography
GEOG 3810Planning Cities
Group C: Techniques *
GEOG 2196Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 3105Techniques of Spatial Analysis
GEOG 3107Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 3196Special Topics in Techniques
GEOG 4307Digital Image Processing and Analysis
GEOG 4308Programming for Geospatial Applications
GEOG 4309GIS for Emergency Management
GEOG 4310Geovisualization and Cartography
GEOG 4311Open Source Solutions for Geospatial Project Management
Group D: Nature and Society
At least two courses from the following, one of which must be taken at the 3000 level.
GEOG 1003Society and Environment
GEOG 2120World Regional Geography
GEOG 3132Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
GEOG 3193Environmental Law and Policy
GEOG 3197Special Topics in Regional Geography
GEOG 3218Arctic Systems
Elective
Any one course selected from Group A, B, C, or D.

*All students take two techniques courses, GEOG 2104 and GEOG 3106, as part of the required major curriculum. Their elective course selection may be an additional techniques course or a course from one of the other three groups.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.75 in geography courses and a 3.5 average overall.