Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Students in Cartography Lab

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

Computer Requirement:


To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography a student must successfully complete GGY 220 .

Oral Communication Requirement:


To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography a student must successfully complete GGY 495 .

Applied Learning Requirement:


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 .

Requirements for a Major in Geography for the B.A. Degree:


Total: 17 hours


Options:


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.

Option 1. Applied Geography:


This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as planners, remote sensing, GIS specialists, and historic preservation.

Option 2. Human Geography:


This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as regional specialists, international business officials, and social scientists.

Option 3. Physical Geography:


This option is designed for students who are interested in careers as climatologists/meteorologists, geomorphologists, and hydrologists.

Total: 43 hours


Additional Information:


A “C” (2.00) or better average is required on all courses taken within the department and on all required courses above the 199 level in the department.

Requirements for a B.A. degree in Geography

 

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.

 


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