Apr 11, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Geography (B.A. or B.S.)


Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The major in geography offers the opportunity to develop greater understanding of a specific aspect of geography by choosing electives from one of three areas of study: human geography, geographic information science (GIS), or natural environmental systems. With the proper selection set of electives, the student can meet federal civil service qualification standards as a soil scientist or hydrologist.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http:/www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Geography (B.A. or B.S.)


Requirements in Department (35-36)


Electives chosen from one of the following four course groupings or any combination.


Electives chosen from one of the following four course groupings or any combination for 12 semester hours. 
Both GEOG 391 and GEOG 491 may be included in these 12 hours for no more than 3 semester hours of credit in each.

Geographic Information Science


Course work from the following

Human Geography


Course work from the following

Natural Environmental Systems


Students will be better prepared for this area by fulfilling the B.S. degree requirements.

Course work from the following

Requirements outside Department (B.A., 7-20; B.S., 10-15)


For the B.A. degree


Fulfillment of foreign language requirement (0-12)
(See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree” in the Other Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.)

For the B.S. degree


Laboratory science/mathematical/computational skills sequence (10-15)
See “College Requirements for the B.S. Degree” in the Other Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.
Students should consult the undergraduate adviser for the appropriate sequence for their course of study.

Total Hours for Geography: 42-56 (B.A.) OR 45-51 (B.S.)


Recommendations


Students interested in environmental studies are strongly advised to complete at least two, one-year sequences of courses in a laboratory science. Students should contact the undergraduate adviser for career goal advisement early in their course of study.