Geography and Geographic Information Science, BALAS

Human Geography Concentration


A minimum of 35 credit hours of Geography and Geographic Information Science courses are required for the major.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction:  Students majoring in Geography and Geographic Information Science can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

For distinction: 3.3 GPA overall; 3.3 GPA in GGIS courses.

For high distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses.

For highest distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses; satisfactorily complete an independent project (GEOG 391).

Students should consult their advisors regarding distinction requirements as soon as they enter the major (no later than the end of their junior year).

Geography and Geographic Information Science Core Requirements
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Meteorology
Earth's Physical Systems
Big Rivers of the World
Select one of the following:3-4
Global Development&Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
The Digital Earth
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
Choose one of the following:4
Spatial Analysis
Intro to GIS Systems
Total Hours10-12
Human Geography Concentration Requirements
200-to 400-level Geography and Geographic Information Science courses (of which at least 6 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level) selected from the following:25-27
Cities of the World
Business Location Decisions
Social & Environmental Issues
Resource Conflicts
Geog Patterns of Illinois
Intro to Social Statistics
Environment and Society
Political Geography
Sustainability and the City
Sustainable Development in South Asia
Water Planet, Water Crisis
Spatial Analysis
Environmental Perspectives
Population Geography
Individual Study
Honors Individual Study
Special Topics Social Geog
Geography Field Course
Green Development
Geospatial Tech & Society
Amer Vernacular Cultural Land
Geography of Health Care
Health Applications of GIS
Sustainable Planning Seminar
Geog of Sub-Saharn Africa
Transportation & Sustainability
Environmental Policy
Recent Trends in Geog Thought
Digital Cartography & Map Design
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Intl Environ Cooperation
Challenges of Sustainability
Urban Geography
Democracy and Environment
Climate & Social Vulnerability
Total Hours25-27