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The bachelor of arts (B.A.) in geography allows students to combine interest in geography with a variety of other disciplines. The degree consists of three components: (1) 22-23 credits of core courses; (2) 6 credits of systematic and regional courses; (3) 3 GGS elective courses; and (4) an approved double major, disciplinary minor, interdisciplinary minor, or certificate.
The BA degree in Geography has three elements: The Core, Other Coursework, and a Secondary Degree program.
Core courses (22-23 credits):
Select one of the following 3 courses
- GGS 102 – Physical Geography Credits: 3 (Mason Core: Natural Science course)
- GGS 121 – Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere Credits: 4 (Mason Core: Natural Science course)
- GGS 122 – Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere Credits:4
Take all of the following courses
- GGS 103 – Human Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 110 – Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies Credits: 3
- GGS 300 – Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis Credits: 3
- GGS 310 – Introduction to Digital Cartography Credits: 4
- GGS 311 – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 415 – Seminar in Geography Credits: 3 (fulfills writing intensive requirement)
Systematic and Regional Geography (6 credits):
Students must take one regional course and one systematic course from the list below.
Systematic Courses (one course must be taken from the following):
- GGS 301 – Political Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 302 – Global Environmental Hazards Credits: 3
- GGS 303 – Conservation of Resources and Environment Credits: 3 (Mason Core: Synthesis course)
- GGS 304 – Population Geography Credits: 3 (Mason Core: Synthesis course)
- GGS 305 – Economic Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 306 – Urban Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 307 – Sustainable Development Credits: 3
- GGS 309 – Meteorology and Climate Credits: 3
- GGS 312 – Physical Climatology Credits: 3
- GGS 314 – Severe and Extreme Weather Credits: 3
- GGS 319 – Air Pollution Credits: 3
- GGS 321 – Biogeography Credits: 3
- GGS 322 – Issues in Global Change Credits: 3
- GGS 357 – Structures in Urban Governance and Planning Credits: 3
- GGS 455 – Environmental Imapct Assessment Credits: 3
- GGS 456 – Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation Credits: 3
Regional Courses (one course must be taken from the following)
- GGS 315 – Geography of the United States Credits: 3
- GGS 316 – Geography of Latin America Credits: 3
- GGS 320 – Geography of Europe Credits: 3
- GGS 325 – Geography of North Africa and the Middle East Credits: 3
- GGS 330 – Geography of the Soviet Succession States Credits: 3
- GGS 333 – Issues in Regional Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 380 – Geography of Virginia Credits: 3
GGS Electives (9-10 credits):
Two upper division GGS Elective Courses
One general GGS Elective Course
Additional Program (at least 15 credits):
Students take 15 or more credits consisting of an established minor, second major, or other coherent package of courses approved by the advisor and the department chair.
Mason Core and Elective Credits (66-68 credits)
In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 66-68 credits, which may be applied towards any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), requirements for bachelor’s degrees, College of Science Bachelor of Arts requirements, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.
Please note that some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above.
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the Bachelor of Arts in Geography for other program details. Students admitted in previous years may have different degree requirements, listed in the archived catalogs (see below).