GEOGRAPHY examines humankind's transformation of, impacts on, and alteration of the surface of the Earth. The major seeks to expose the student to the nature of geographic knowledge and the process of geographic inquiry. The Geography Major emphasizes four themes which together provide a means of understanding the complex relationships between human activities and the earth's natural environment. As a Geography major at Ohio Wesleyan you will learn about the geography of earth's physical environments, human impacts on the physical environment, the organization and development of cultural regions, landscapes, and urban areas on the surface of the earth, and cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The major provides a broad base for graduate study in Geography and many other natural and social sciences, and careers in geography, urban and regional planning, environmental management, resource management, Geographic Information Systems, consulting firms concerned with environmental and resource problems, and areas of business which deal with location problems. Geography at Ohio Wesleyan maintains close ties with Environmental Studies, Geology, Urban Studies, and other programs in the social sciences, especially International Studies, International Business, Economics, Politics and Government, History, and Sociology/Anthropology.
Requirements for Geography Majors
Two related courses in the social sciences (Group 1) or natural sciences (Group II)
Students majoring or minoring in geography are not permitted to take courses required for the major or minor credit no/entry.
For students planning to do professional work in geography and/or attend graduate school, the following program is recommended: 110, 111, 222, 235, 345, 353, 355, 370, 375, 380; two from among 200.1, 330, 332, 333, 334, 347, 490, 491; MATH 105 or 230; and three upper-level courses in the social and/or natural sciences selected in consultation with one of the geography faculty.
Owing to Geography, a social science, and Geology, a natural science, being housed in one department, students who double major in Geography and Geology may exceed the 17 course limit within one department.
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