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Geography, B.A.

About the Program

The Geography major provides students with a basic foundation of the discipline while allowing them to focus on one major geographic subject area in the following concentrations: meteorology & climatology, watershed & ecosystems, economic geography & development, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

About the Geography and Planning Department

A213 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6216
Fax: (716) 878-4009

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Geography 39 cr

A. Required Courses (21 cr)
GEG 101 World Natural Environments
GEG 102 Human Geography
GEG 325 Maps and Mapmaking Using GIS
GEG 390 Quantitative Methods in Geography and Planning
GEG 396 Research Methods
GEG 430 Senior Thesis

Select one course from the following:

GEG 300 World Regional Geography
GEG 359 Arctic Geography
GEG 360 Geography of Asia
GEG 362 Geography of the United States and Canada
GEG 364 Geography of Europe

B. Concentration Electives (12 cr)
Selected by advisement

Meteorology and climatology concentration
GEG/GES 241 Meteorology
GEG 303 Global Climatology
GEG 382 Weather Forecasting
GEG 383 Severe and Unusual Weather
GEG 384 Atmospheric Science
GEG 385 Paleoclimatology
GEG 386 Applied Climatology
GEG 478 Global Change
GEG 480 Air Pollution Applications

Watershed and ecosystems concentration
GEG 307 Conservation and Environmental Management
GEG 316 Watershed Pollution
GEG 365 Soil Science and Management
GEG 375 Principles of Hydrology
GEG 421 Watershed Analysis
GEG 423 Biogeography
GEG 478 Global Change
PLN 360 Environmental Impact Assessment

Economic geography and development concentration
GEG 305 Principles of Economic Geography
GEG 309 Introduction to Urban Geography
GEG 310 Urban Transportation Planning
GEG 409 Industrial Geography
GEG 416 Geographies of Development
GEG 419 Globalization, Technology, Competition, and Service Economies
GEG 461 Issues in Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development

GIS concentration
GEG 405 Urban Analysis Using GIS
GEG 418 Remote Sensing
GEG 425 Fundamentals of GIS
GEG 427 Corporate Applications in GIS
GEG 428 Environmental Assessment and Planning Applications in GIS
GEG 429 Advanced Topics in GIS
GEG 485 Interactive and Web-based Mapping

C. Electives (6 cr)
Selected by advisement.
Any two upper-division Geography courses.

All College Electives 42-48 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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