Degree: B.A., Geography
Department of Geography
The Geography Department hosts two programs, a traditional degree program and a certificate program in Geographic Information Science. In the Bachelor of Arts degree program, students study the interactions between people and their environments, both human and natural. Geographers examine the places and regions resulting from such interactions and analyze the spatial characteristics of all manner of natural, cultural, economic, and political processes and relationships. The Geography program at Mary Washington has three areas of emphasis:
Community, Development, and Culture
A focus on how people living in specific places and regions experience and affect social, cultural, economic, and environmental processes. Includes course work in planning and urban geography, local and international development, race and place, human-environment relationships, and regional geographies.
A focus on the geographies of globalization and its political, cultural, and economic dimensions. Includes course work in geopolitics, economic and cultural globalization, international development, migration, and regional geographies.
Nature and Society
A focus on the physical and social processes that shape the natural environmental and affect human life. Includes course work in landforms, climatology, human-environment relationships and regional geographies.
All geography majors acquire spatial thinking skills by studying research methods appropriate for their area of emphasis. These include: geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, field methods, quantitative, and qualitative methods. Majors are also encouraged to engage in internships, study abroad programs, and undergraduate research.
The facilities for geographic studies at Mary Washington include well-equipped laboratories for the study and practice of physical geography, GIS, cartography, and remote sensing. The department hosts a chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geography Honorary Society.
A minimum of 35 credits in Geography, Geographic Information Science, and related disciplines, including no more than two courses not designated GEOG or GISC.
|GEOG 101||World Regional Geography||3|
|or GEOG 102||Introduction to Human Geography|
& GEOG 111
|Introduction to Weather and Climate|
and Landform Processes 1
|Select one course in geography (3 credits) chosen from GEOG 200 – GEOG 249 2||3|
|Select two of the following: 3||6-8|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography|
|Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation|
|Mobile Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems|
|Qualitative Methods in Geography|
|Introduction to GIS|
|Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis|
|Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis|
|Select two courses from the following: 2||6|
|Geographic Study Abroad|
|Grassroots Development in Guatemala|
|Advanced Topics in Geography|
|Readings in Geography|
|Individual Study in Geography|
|Community Engaged Study in Geography|
|GEOG 490||Senior Seminar in Geography 4||3|
|Select two additional courses, one of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. Any geography course or approved course in related fields fulfills this requirement. 2||6-8|
These will be chosen by the student in consultation with her/his academic advisor to reflect the student’s area of emphasis.
At least one of which must be either a GEOG or GISC course, and at least one of which must be at the 300 level.
Usually taken during the Fall semester of the senior year, is the required capstone to the major.
Certificate in Geographic Information Science can be found by using this link.
Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis Accelerated Degree Program – see Undergraduate-Graduate Program in Geography/MSGA
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
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Dawn S. Bowen and Brian Rizzo, Career Advisors
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