Undergraduate Major and Minor Requirements

The following undergraduate major and minor requirements were posted August 2017.

Major Requirements

The geography major requires at least 31 credit hours including:

1) Core Required Courses (19 credit hours)

  • GEOG 101 (3) The Natural Environment (DP)
  • GEOG 101L (1) The Natural Environment Lab (DY)
  • GEOG 151 or 102 (3) Geography & Contemporary Society (FGC) or World Regional Geography (FGB)
  • GEOG 104 (3) Digital Earth
  • GEOG 325 (3) Geography, Environment and Society (DS)
  • GEOG 380 (3) Statistical Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 493 (3) Capstone Undergraduate Seminar

2) Optional Upper Division Specialization Courses (12 credit hours)

At least 12 credit hours (6 credits at the 400 level) drawn from the following list of courses. Students are encouraged to focus on courses within geospatial technology, human geography, or environmental geography or to develop an appropriate level of specialization within their area of interest.

Geospatial Technology

  • GEOG 370 - Aerial Photo and Image Interpretation
  • GEOG 376 - Map Design and Production
  • GEOG 388 - Introduction to GIS (DS)
  • GEOG 389 - GIS Data Visualization (DS)
  • GEOG 470 - Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 472 - Field Mapping (DS)
  • GEOG 476 - Advanced Cartography
  • GEOG 489 - Applied Geographic Information Systems

Human Geography

  • GEOG 320 - Economic Geography (DS)
  • GEOG 322 - Globalization and Environment (DS)
  • GEOG 324 - Geography of Global Tourism (DS)
  • GEOG 330 - Culture and Environment (DS)
  • GEOG 335 - Politics, Nations, and States (DS)
  • GEOG 421 - Urban Geography (DS)
  • GEOG 422 - Agriculture, Food and Society (DS)
  • GEOG 423 - Marine Policy
  • GEOG 424 - Geographies of Popular Culture (DH)
  • GEOG 425 - The Geography of Popular Culture (DH)
  • GEOG 426 - Environment, Resources and Society (DS)
  • GEOG 432 - Cultural Geographies of Tea (DS)
  • GEOG 435 - Political Geography of Oceans (DB)
  • GEOG 436 - Geography of Peace and War (DS)
  • GEOG 453 - Environment and Society in China (DS)

Environmental Geography

  • GEOG 300 - Introduction to Climatology (DP)
  • GEOG 302 - Global Environmental Issues
  • GEOG 303 - General Geomorphology (DP)
  • GEOG 305 - Water and Society (DS)
  • GEOG 309 - Introduction to Biogeography (DB)
  • GEOG 310 - Introduction to Planning
  • GEOG 400 - Vegetation and Climate System (DP)
  • GEOG 401 - Climate Change (DP)
  • GEOG 402 - Agricultural Climatology (DP)
  • GEOG 403 - Fluvial Geomorphology (DP)
  • GEOG 404 - Atmospheric Pollution (DS)
  • GEOG 405 - Water in the Environment (DP)
  • GEOG 408 - Conservation and Evolutionary Biogeography
  • GEOG 409 - Cultural Biogeography (DS)
  • GEOG 410 - Human Role in Environmental Change (DB)
  • GEOG 411 - Past Global Change and the Human Era (DP)
  • GEOG 412 - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 413 - Resource Management (DS)
  • GEOG 414 – Environmental Hazards and Community Resilience
  • GEOG 415 - Nature-Based Tourism Management (DS)

Asia-Pacific Region

  • GEOG 340 - Geography of North America (DS)
  • GEOG 352 - Geography of Japan (DS)
  • GEOG 353 - Geography of China (DS)
  • GEOG 355 - Geography of South Asia (DS)
  • GEOG 356 - Geography of Southeast Asia (DS)
  • GEOG 365 - Geography of the Pacific (DS)
  • GEOG 366 - Geography of Honolulu (DS)
  • GEOG 368 - Geography of Hawai’i (DS)

Directed Studies (with approval and under the supervision of faculty)

  • GEOG 399 - Directed Reading
  • GEOG 468 - Topics in Geography
  • GEOG 490 - Senior Thesis
  • GEOG 492 - Practicum in Geography

Minor Requirements

The minor in geography requires 15 credits in upper-division course work that includes at least one upper division course in human geography, one upper-division course in environmental geography, and one upper-division course in geospatial technologies.

General Education Designations

  • DA – Diversification-Arts
  • DB – Diversification-Biological Science
  • DH – Diversification-Humanities
  • DP – Diversification-Physical Science
  • DS – Diversification-Social Science
  • DY – Diversification-Laboratory (science)
  • FGB – Foundation-GMP Group B
  • FGC – Foundation-GMP Group C

See the UH Catalog for more information.