Geospatial Analysis & Geography (GAG)

The degree program in Geography consists of 37-38 credit hrs. (19 credit hrs. for degree core, 9 for concentrations, 3 for capstone and 6 for degree electives). Concentration offers to specializations in:

i) Environment and Society
ii) Geospatial Sciences

The degree core focuses on physical geography and environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems. Electives for the degree program focuses on human geography (where the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner-cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations and disease are discussed) and physical geography (where land-use changes and impacts of urbanization on water resources qualities and quantities are discussed). Geospatial Science concentration focuses on the quantitative and analytical study of relationships of events and processes in space and time. In recent years, powerful new technologies and techniques have emerged that greatly improve our ability to acquire, archive, analyze and communicate information regarding people, places and other processes on or near the Earth’s surface. These same technologies and analytical frameworks allow us to combine this information into multi-tiered databases describing complex and inter-related aspects of our physical and social world. Students will learn these technologies and analytical framework. Environment and Society concentration provides students with an in-depth understanding of the socio-cultural and political contexts in which specific environmental problems arise and are addressed. Popular conceptual frameworks in human-environment interaction, such as political ecology, sustainable development, and natural hazards, are applied to a range of environmental problems at the local, national and global scales.

Geography 4-Year Plan

Minimum Requirements for Major

Students must earn a C- or better in all major course work. D and F grades earned in major course work will be used in calculating the major GPA, except where removed by grade forgiveness. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 major GPA in order to graduate.

Geography Major Requirements

Degree requirement:  37-38 credit hrs 22 credit hr for degree core courses 9 credit hrs for concentrations (9 cr hrs as required for each concentrations) 6-7 credit hrs as degree electives   Students majoring in Geography are required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours towards their major at USFSP.

Geography Major Requirements

Degree requirement:  37-38 credit hrs 22 credit hr for degree core courses 9 credit hrs for concentrations (9 cr hrs as required for each concentrations) 6-7 credit hrs as degree electives   Students majoring in Geography are required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours towards their major at USFSP. Core Courses (22 credits)

GEA 2000 World Regional Geography 3
GEO 2200 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
GEO 2200L Introduction to Physical Geography Laboratory 1
** ISS 3930 ST: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 3
GEO 4379 Perspectives on Environment 3
GIS 3006C Introduction to Computer Cartogaphy 3
*GEO XXXX Senior Seminar in Geography 3

Concentration 1: “Environment and Society”

(CORE Requirements: ALL students must take 9 credits.)

GEO 4340 Natural Hazards 3
*GEO XXXX Water Resource Management 3
GEO 4372 Global Conservation 3

Concentration 2: “Geospatial Sciences”

(CORE Requirements: ALL students must take 9 credits.)

GIS 4043C Geographic Information Systems 3
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GIS 4302 GIS for Sustainability 3

Elective Requirements

(ALL students must take 6-7credits.)

GIS 4300 Environmental Modeling with GIS 3
GEO 4450 Medical Geography 3
GEO 4471 Political Geography 3
GEO 3352 Human Footprint on the Landscape 3
*EVR XXXX Environmental Soil, Water and Land Use 3
EVR 4027 Wetland Environments 3

OR any EVR, GIS, GEA or GEO upper-division 3-4 credit hour course.   * Course pending approval ** This is in addition to  the state mandated pre-requisites.