Bachelor of Arts in Geography
The Department of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in geography. Students who pursue the B.A. degree in geography may choose from a broad, flexible program that meets personal educational goals and interests, including careers and graduate study in physical or human geography, planning or applied geography.
Requirements for a B.A. degree in Geography
To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography a student must successfully complete GGY 220 .
To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography a student must successfully complete GGY 495 .
To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography a student must successfully complete one of the following courses: GGY 333 , GGY 335 , GGY 384 , GGY 422 , GGY 424 , GGY 426 , GGY 433 , GGY 437 , GGY 473 , GGY 491 , GGY 498 or GGY 499 .
In addition, students must complete a minimum of 17 hours within a chosen option, 9 hours outside of the option, at least one laboratory class (**), and at least one regional class (***). At least 14 hours must be above the 299 level.
This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as planners, remote sensing, GIS specialists, and historic preservation.
This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as regional specialists, international business officials, and social scientists.
- GGY 210 - Geography of the Global Economy
- GGY 255 - Geography of the Middle East ***
- GGY 282 - Geography of North Carolina ***
- GGY 317 - Urban Geography
- GGY 345 - The Geography of Food
- GGY 346 - The Geography of U.S. Race Relations
- GGY 360 - Tourism and the Environment
- GGY 383 - Geography of the Caribbean ***
- GGY 384 - Caribbean Field Experience ***
- GGY 385 - Regional Geography of Europe ***
- GGY 386 - Geography of Latin America ***
This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as climatologists/meteorologists, geomorphologists, and hydrologists.
- GGY 235 - Principles of Hydrology
- GGY 333 - Applied Climatology **
- GGY 335 - Geomorphology **
- GGY 420 - Global Climate Change
- GGY 432 - Biogeography
- GGY 433 - Weather Analysis and Forecasting
- GGY 435 - Environmental Geography
- GGY 436 - Ice Age Earth
- GGY 437 - Soils in the Earth Sciences **
- GLY 250 - Coasts and Society
Student Learning Outcomes for the B.A. degree in Geography
1: MAP SKILLS. Students should be able to…
- Design a map that clearly demonstrates a geographic pattern or process.
- Read and explain information displayed on specialized thematic maps
2: RESEARCH SKILLS. Students should be able to …
- Collect data and information related to geographic problems
- Critically assess the format, value, and limitations of various data and information sources.
3: ANALYTICAL SKILLS. Students should be able to…
- Manipulate geographic information in digital formats
- Determine and explain how a general geographic model or concept applies to a specific place, culture, or environmental system.
4: COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Students should be able to…
- Deliver an oral presentation that clearly explains geographical methods and concepts.
- Write a research paper or project report that synthesizes information from various sources to explain geographical methods and concepts.
- Describe the methods used to address a geographical problem or issue.