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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Geography’s undergraduate program offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. The department also offers a flexible minor that students can tailor to fit their interests.

Why Geography?

Geography has existed for millennia as a field of study that concerns itself with the natural features of the earth’s surface and the ways in which human societies transform their environments through settlement, economic development, trade, governance, and cultural production. Geographers count among their ranks some of the world’s greatest explorers, including 14th century traveler Ibn Battuta and the brilliant 18th century naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt.  

The word "geography" literally means "writing/describing the earth," and geographers are trained to be keen observers of natural and human environments. Rather than seeking simple, one-size-fits-all answers to social and environmental questions, geographers consider the complexity of contexts and the ways in which political, economic and natural processes interact to create diverse landscapes.

The contemporary discipline of Geography has come to encompass a variety of topic areas, including weather and climate, landforms, environmental change, urbanization, migration, political boundaries and economic development. If you're fascinated with the world’s immense diversity and you want to gain an in-depth understanding of the pressing social and environmental challenges facing the world today, then geography is for you!



Dr. Gregory J. Carbone, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Callcott, Room 327-B
(803) 777-0682

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