2018-2019 Catalog 
    Apr 04, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography Major

Professor Krygier
Assistant Professor Amador Rowley

Geography examines humankind’s transformation of, impact on, and alteration of the surface of the Earth and the people that inhabit it. 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 provides a means of understanding the complex relationships between humans, their activities, and the Earth’s natural and social environments. 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, urban areas on the surface of the Earth, and cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing. 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 and Remote Sensing, consulting firms concerned with environmental and resource problems, and areas of business which deal with location-based 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, Latin American Studies, Politics and Government, History, and Sociology/Anthropology.

Majors should be declared by the end of the sophomore year. To declare geography as a major, a student must have a 2.0 grade point average at the time of declaration. The student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in his/her program to remain a major.

Major Requirements

GEOG 110 , GEOG 111 , GEOG 222 , GEOG 235 , GEOG 345 , GEOG 353 , GEOG 370 , GEOG 245 ; three from among GEOG 333 , GEOG 347 , GEOG 355 , GEOG 360 , GEOG 369 , GEOG 380 , GEOG 490 , GEOG 491 , GEOG 499 ; MATH 105  or MATH 230 ; and two related courses in the social sciences (Group I) or natural sciences (Group II).

For students planning to do professional work in geography and/or attend graduate school, the following program is recommended: GEOG 110 , GEOG 111 , GEOG 222 , GEOG 235 , GEOG 345 , GEOG 353 , GEOG 355 , GEOG 370 , GEOG 245 , GEOG 380 ; two from among GEOG 333 , GEOG 347 , GEOG 490 , GEOG 491 ; MATH 105  or MATH 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.


Students majoring or minoring in geography are not permitted to take courses required for the major or minor credit no/entry.