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Major in Geography

The HSU geography major allows students to pursue a wide range of interests within the natural and social sciences. Field experience, community involvement, knowledge of particular world regions, and development of a global awareness are emphasized.

The major requires proficiency in:

  1. A core set of geography courses encompassing physical, human, and techniques.
  2. A related minor outside geography such as anthropology, history, or geology.
  3. Geographic techniques, including cartography, remote sensing, GIS, and various field techniques. A course on geographic research and writing skills is also required.

Upper division courses cover such topics as economic geography, environmental conservation, human migrations, water resources, climatology, and regional studies. Special topics courses include arid lands, global ecosystems, tourism and American cultural landscapes.

The Geography Major Contract Form shows the specific department requirements and is turned in to the Registrar to verify completion of the major.