Degree: B.A., Geography
Department of Geography
The Geography Department hosts two majors and a certificate in Geographic Information Science. Majors in Geography and in Geospatial Analysis both lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.
Geography is the study of the interaction between people and their environments, both natural and human. Geographers examine the places and regions resulting from such interaction and analyze the spatial characteristics of all manner of cultural, economic, political, and physical processes and relationships. Students in the Geospatial Analysis major take foundational thematic geography courses, and specialize in geospatial technologies.
Geospatial Analysis majors may study geographic information systems, spatial analysis, remote sensing, the global positioning system, web-GIS and GIS programming. Students will tailor their interests in geospatial technologies to one or more areas in geography, such as planning, economic development, or environmental studies. Majors are also encouraged to engage in internships, study abroad programs, and undergraduate research.
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.
During the senior year qualified students may pursue Honors in Geography by completing an independent research project and writing and defending a thesis.
The knowledge and skills gained by majoring in Geospatial Analysis position graduates for careers as geospatial specialists in a variety of fields, including government agencies and private businesses, research institutions and health organizations, planning agencies and non-profit institutions. In addition, many alumni have excelled in top graduate programs.
|Introduction to Human Geography|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography|
or GISC 200
|Introduction to GIS|
|Foundation (choose one)||3|
|Introduction to Computer Science|
|Introduction to Data Science|
|Quantitative Methods in Geography|
|Upper-Level GEOG Requirement (choose one)||3|
301 to 339
|Upper Level GIS Requirements (choose two)||8|
|Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation|
|Mobile Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems|
|Web GIS: Concepts and Applications|
|Take one course from each of the 3 areas of specialization, at least one being at 300-level.|
|Areas of Specialization|
|A. Society & Politics|
|Introduction to Planning|
|Globalization and Local Development|
|Race and Place in America|
|Migration Politics in a Globalizing World|
|The Nature of Cities 1|
|World Regional Geography|
|Geography of Eastern North America|
|Geography of Western North America|
|Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Geography of the Middle East|
|Grassroots Development in Guatemala|
|Introduction to Weather and Climate|
|Hazards and Resilience|
|Environment and Society|
|Glacial Processes and Landscapes|
|The Nature of Cities 1|
|Senior Seminar in Geography|
GEOG 337 may be used in either Society & Politics or Environment, not both.
Jacqueline Gallagher, Chair
Dawn S. Bowen and Brian Rizzo, Career Advisors
Dawn S. Bowen
Stephen P. Hanna
Caitlin C. Finlayson
Marco Millones Mayer
Joseph W. Nicholas
Melina A. Patterson
Brian R. Rizzo