Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR ROGER M. DOWNS, Head
Geography is simultaneously a social-behavioral and an environmental science. Geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the human and physical features on the Earth's surface. The Liberal Arts major stresses the social and behavioral aspects of geography; the Earth and Mineral Sciences major stresses the discipline's environmental perspectives. Both majors provide training in descriptive and analytical skills such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Substantive course work in the Liberal Arts major focuses on the ways people have arranged themselves and their economic, social, and political activities on the surface of the Earth.
Bachelor's degree program graduates may find employment in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies or in private firms that specialize in marketing and environmental research. The Liberal Arts Geography major is especially appropriate for students seeking a deeper understanding of the human experience and for students intending to pursue postgraduate work in geography or related disciplines.
An internship program enables students to obtain work experience in the public or private sector while they are earning academic credit toward their degrees.
For the B.A. degree in Geography, a minimum of 124 credits is required.
GEOGRAPHY MINOR: In consultation with a geography adviser, students must select a minimum of 3 credits in physical geography and a minimum of 3 credits in human geography plus additional courses in geography for a total of 18 credits (at least six credits must be at the 400 level).
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 21 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirement in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 33 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
GEOG 010 GN(3), 020 GS(3), 030 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOG 121 GS(3), 454(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
GEOG 100 GS(3) or 120 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 105(3), 110 GN(3), 115 GN(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 103 GS;DF(3), 124 GS(3), or 128 GS;DF(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 102 GH(3), 200(3), 401W(3), 404W(3), 427(3), 440W(3), 442(3), 443(3), or 444(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from 400-level GEOG courses (Sem: 5-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997
Blue Sheet Item #: 25-07-023
Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)