Undergraduate Programs Overview
Through these programs, students examine physical and human processes acting at local, regional, and global scales, and develop the scientific and technical skills to map, analyze, and monitor the earth.. Studies include courses in human geography, physical geography, regional geography, and techniques courses in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial statistics, and earth science. Graduates of our bachelor degree programs pursue careers in a variety of fields, including environmental science, transportation, business, engineering, military intelligence, marketing, and public health.
BS in Geography
The Bachelor of Science is for students who wish to combine their interests in geography with complementary studies in the geological or ecological sciences. The degree consists of four components: (1) 15 credits of core courses in geography; (2) 12 credits of systematic and regional geography courses; (3) 18 credits of geographical methods and applications courses; and (4) approximately 26 credits of required science, mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses, most of which also fulfill university general education requirements.
BA in Geography
The Bachelor of Arts allows students to combine interest in geography with another related discipline. The degree consists of three components: (1) 15 credits of core courses in geography; (2) 12 credits of systematic and regional geography courses; and (3) an approved double major, minor, or certificate.
Minor in Geography
A minor in geography is a natural complement to an array of careers, including engineering, government and international politics, environmental science, transportation, business, marketing, and public health. Any Mason undergraduate student is eligible to earn a minor in geography by completing 18 credits in geography (consult the GMU Catalog for a list of courses); many qualifying courses also complete general education requirements.
Minor in GIS
A minor in geographic information systems (GIS) is designed to help students pursue careers in the rapidly expanding opportunities in the geospatial and mapping sciences. Any Mason undergraduate student is eligible to earn a minor in GIS by completing the 19 credits required (consult the GMU Catalog for a list of courses).
Undergraduate Certificate in GeoManagement
Considering our global environment, professionals working on large-scale GIS projects often find it only natural to couple management and marketing topics with geography. This certificate accommodates students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science who also wish to acquire more knowledge on how to manage people and organizations dealing with GIS in a global economy. By understanding marketing terms, financial matters, and also having a good understanding of how to manage people, students will be well prepared to face challenges in multidisciplinary GIS-oriented environments.