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Geography and Geospatial Science Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Geography is a scientific approach to understanding people’s relationship with their environment and resources. Geography is central to many important issues, including planning for land-use change, global studies, and adaptation to climate change. Geospatial science applies techniques, including web mapping, geovisualization, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS), to address these issues. Geographic thinking and geospatial technology are present in every aspect of modern life, and career opportunities abound for students trained in geography and geospatial science.



Students majoring in Geography and Geospatial Science complete work in five major areas:

  1. OSU's baccalaureate core
  2. Basic statistics and math
  3. Geography and Geospatial Science core
  4. Electives
  5. Experiential learning (field courses and internship or research)

The major consists of 85 credits of course work. In addition to baccalaureate core courses, the major consists of

  1. supporting mathematics and statistics (12 cr);
  2. foundational skills in geography and geospatial science (17 cr),
  3. upper-division geospatial science (12 cr);
  4. experiential learning (9 cr);
  5. seminar (1 cr);
  6. upper-division electives (31 cr); and
  7. capstone course (3 cr)

Supporting Skills (12)

MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Foundational Skills (17)

GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. *Geography of the Western World (3)
GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. Geography of Disaster Management (3)

Upper-Division Geospatial Science Techniques and Problem-Solving (12)

GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovisualization: Cartography (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)

Seminar (1)

GEOG 407. Seminar (1)

Experiential Learning (9)

GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
GEOG 410. Internship (3)
   or GEOG 401. Research (3)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)

Capstone (3)

GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)

Upper-Division Geography and Geospatial Science Electives (31)

GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)

Select 27 credits from lists below, at least five courses at 400 level.

Geospatial Science

GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

International Studies

GEOG 311. *Geography of Africa (3)
GEOG 313. *Geography of Asia (3)
GEOG 314. *Geography of Latin America (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
GEOG 431. Development and Global Resources (3)

Water Resources

GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (4)
GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resource Management (3)
GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Resources, Hazards, and Planning

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption and Environment (3)
GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
GEOG 432. *Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)

Total=85


Footnotes:

*Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Geography and Geospatial Science


Freshman Year (14)

GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. * Geography of the Western World (3)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)

Sophomore Year (18)

GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. *Geography of Disaster Management (3)
GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
ST 201, ST 202. Principles of Statistics (4,4)
   or ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)

Junior Year (up to 42)


Fall (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
   or GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
   or GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovisualization: Cartography (4)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)

Winter (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
  
GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Spring (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
   or GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)
GEOG 431. Global Resources and Development (3)
   or GEOG 432. Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)

Senior Year (up to 27)


Fall (8)

GEOG 407. Seminar (1)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)

Winter (10)

GEOG 410. Internship (1–16)
   or GEOG 401. Research (1–16)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
  or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
  or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
  or GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

Spring (9)

GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)

Sample Two-Year Plan: Geography and Geospatial Science


Up to 29 transfer credits may be accepted representing the equivalent of: 
GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. * Geography of the Western World (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. *Geography of Disaster Management (3)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
ST 201, ST 202. Principles of Statistics (4,4)
   or ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)

Junior Year (up to 42)


Fall (14)

GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovizualization: Cartography (4)

Winter (14 )

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
   or GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Spring (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
   or GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)
GEOG 431. Global Resources and Development (3)
   or GEOG 432. Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)

Senior Year (up to 27)


Fall (8)

GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
GEOG 407. Seminar (1)

Winter (10)

GEOG 410. Internship (3)
   or GEOG 401. Research (3)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

Spring (9)

GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG. 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)



Major Code: 896

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