Geography (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geography B.A.

What is geography? 

If you’re interested in understanding the world, geography may be for you. Geography provides a framework for comprehending the world and a universal language to communicate knowledge and perspective that is useful in almost every field of study. Geographers study the relationships between environments and human activity, exploring the form, function and perceptions of places and spaces and how they interact and change. Knowledge of geography is essential for understanding the contemporary world because many of the defining issues of our times — climate change, globalization, political conflict, natural resource management, runaway urban growth — are fundamentally geographic in nature. 

Why study geography at UNH? 

With small class sizes, personalized advising by department faculty and opportunities for independent study, you’ll receive a high degree of individual attention as a geography student here. We emphasize hands-on learning, and our students have interned at places as varied as forest services, global relief organizations and planning commissions. We also encourage study abroad and have had students participate in programs in countries including China, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam. A geography degree from UNH will prepare you for a variety of careers or professional and graduate degrees. 

Potential careers 

  • Community development worker 
  • Demographer 
  • Environmental consultant 
  • Environmental/social science teacher 
  • Geospatial data analysts 
  • International aid worker 
  • Market research analyst 
  • Natural resources manager 
  • Real estate 
  • Urban/regional/transportation planner

Contact

  • Geography and International Affairs Majors | Field Tester for Apple
    I spent my first year after graduation working for Apple, Inc., in the maps department. I do field testing and travel domestically. I was recently accepted into a masters program at the Université Grenoble Alpes to study international development and sustainability in Grenoble, France and will...
    Geography and International Affairs Majors | Field Tester for Apple
    I spent my first year after graduation working for Apple, Inc., in the maps department. I do field testing and travel domestically. I was recently accepted into a masters program at the Université Grenoble Alpes to study international development and sustainability in Grenoble, France and will...
  • Geography Major | Project Manager, Berkeley Investments
    What you are currently doing for work and what did it take to get there?
    Geography Major | Project Manager, Berkeley Investments
    What you are currently doing for work and what did it take to get there?
  • Geography and Sociology Majors | Program Support, Higher Ed Academic and Career Advising
    I'm a senior program support assistant in Academic and Career Advising at Keene State College. I love working in education and helping students find their place in college, and the world! My UNH degree is dynamic and can be used in many ways, both professionally and personally.
    Geography and Sociology Majors | Program Support, Higher Ed Academic and Career Advising
    I'm a senior program support assistant in Academic and Career Advising at Keene State College. I love working in education and helping students find their place in college, and the world! My UNH degree is dynamic and can be used in many ways, both professionally and personally.

Curriculum & Requirements

The geography major provides undergraduates with a solid foundation in geography by uniting social and biophysical sciences, humanities and technology to examine the factors that make a place or environment unique. Connecting academic inquiry to real-world problem solving, you will develop critical thinking skills and be prepared to transfer classroom and field experience into a wide range of careers. 

With interests ranging from globalization to climate change and sustainability, urbanization to community development at home and abroad, UNH geography graduates have gone on to careers in urban, regional and transportation planning, community development, environmental conservation and natural resources management, sustainability science, geographic information science, market research, locational analysis, population studies, foreign aid, international diplomacy and education. 

To earn a bachelor of arts in geography, students must complete 10 geography courses with a minimum grade of C-minus:

Select three foundation courses.
Select two skills courses.
Select five elective courses.

Foundation Courses 

Foundation courses are intended to provide students a basic understanding of human, physical, and world regional geography. It is recommended they be taken as early as possible in a student's program.

All geography majors must complete three foundation courses:

GEOG 401Regional Geography of the Western World4
or GEOG 402 Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
GEOG 572Geography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 581Human Geography4
Total Credits12

sKills Courses

Skills courses are required of all majors. Skills courses provide students with basic analytical and technical skills used in geography.

Select two skills courses
GEOG 590Field Research4
or GEOG 595 Statistics for Spatial Science
GEOG 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 14
Total Credits8

Elective Courses

Elective courses may be any additional four geography courses, excluding 401 or 402, PLUS one 600+ writing intensive course (Discovery Program Capstone). 

Independent study courses including GEOG 695 Internship, GEOG 795 Special Project, and GEOG 799 Honors Thesis may be applied to the major elective requirement once if taken for a total of four credit hours.

GEOG 405Human-Environment Geography4
GEOG 473Elements of Weather4
GEOG 530Geography of China4
GEOG 540Geography of the Middle East4
GEOG 550Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa4
GEOG 560Geography of Natural Hazards4
GEOG 572Geography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 574Geography of Landforms4
GEOG 581Human Geography4
GEOG 582Global Trade and Local Development4
GEOG #583Urban Geography4
GEOG 584Political Geography4
GEOG 591Making Maps4
GEOG 670Climate and Society4
GEOG 671Weather Forecasting4
GEOG 673Political Ecology4
GEOG 685Population and Development4
GEOG 686World Economy and Globalization4
GEOG 757Remote Sensing of the Environment4
GEOG 759Digital Image Processing for Natural Resources4
GEOG 760Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources4

Geotechniques

Students interested in geographic information systems, remote sensing, locational analysis and other geographic techniques may specialize in Geotechniques by completing three 700-level methods courses in Geography (GEOG 750-769).

Additional Requirements

Major department courses may be used to satisfy two Discovery category requirements excluding courses taken for foundation course credit and unlimited in the case of a second major.

The university's foreign language requirement may not be fulfilled by American Sign Language except by petition.

Students intending to major in geography should consult with the department chairperson.

Additional Resources

Current students who declare geography prior to fall 2019 may elect to either follow the current requirements or the new requirements listed in the document below.

Geography Major Requirements, effective fall 2019

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