Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Geography - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: Geography BA, International Trade BA, Geographic Information Science BS, Geography BA/MA, Geography Minor
Geography BA Concentrations: Earth Systems Science, and Urban and Regional Analysis.
Graduate: MA, MS, PhD

Advisement

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for each concentration, which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Finish in Four Geography BA Curricular Plan

Finish in Four Urban and Regional Analysis Curricular Plan

Finish in Four Earth Systems Science Curricular Plan

Finish in Four Geographic Information Science (GIS) Curricular Plan

International Trade BA

Geography BA/MA

Students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Transfer Policy

Prospective majors who have taken geography courses at another school that they believe are equivalent to courses offered by this department should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to petition for acceptance of transfer geography credits.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Geography - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two geography courses.

Required Courses

Geography BA
GEO 101 Earth Systems Science I
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography or GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography (or another departmentally approved statistics course)
Additional Geography electives to bring the total credits in the major to 36, with at least 6 courses at the 300/400 level.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major37
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 33
Additional Credits Required for Electives 50
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Required Courses for Concentrations (sub-plans)

EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE
GEO 101; GEO 102 or GEO 103; GEO 120, GEO 211, GEO 345 or GEO 347; GEO 350; GEO 352 or GEO 356; GEO 435 or GEO 470
One elective from: GEO 200, GEO 201, GEO 345, GEO 347, GEO 352, GEO 356, GEO 435, GEO 444, GEO 445, GEO 448, GEO 449, GEO 470, GEO 475, GEO 496, GEO 499.
One 300/400-level elective from the Urban & Regional Analysis area
One 300/400-level elective from the GIS/Cartography area
One 300/400-level elective from the International Trade area
Two electives from the following: BIO 200, BIO 201, CHE 101, CHE 102, PHY 101, PHY 102, MTH 121 (or MTH 141)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart: Earth Systems Science
Credits Required for Major45
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 39
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


URBAN AND REGIONAL ANALYSIS
GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 103, GEO 120, GEO 211, GEO 366 or, GEO 367.
Three electives from: GEO 366, GEO 367, GEO 411, GEO 412, GEO 418, GEO 419, GEO 425, GEO 426, GEO 460, GEO 481, GEO 482.
One 300/400-level elective from the Earth Systems Science area

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart: Urban and Regional Analysis
Credits Required for Major37
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 33
Additional Credits Required for Electives 50
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:
  • Obtain foundational knowledge in general geography
  • Develop focused knowledge in economic geography and business geographies
  • Build quantitative and qualitative analytic methods to analyze economic and business data
  • Demonstrate knowledge of each of the sub-disciplines at the intermediate level and at an advanced level for one of the sub-disciplines
  • Acquire laboratory, field/or data management skills necessary to answer geographical questions
  • Identify geographical questions and make connections between data and concepts
  • Understand and use scientific or qualitative methodology
  • Inspect data and apply basic statistics to analysis and communication
  • Develop approaches for integration of information
  • Apply geographical knowledge to contemporary problems

Geographic Information Science (GIS) - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two geography courses.

Required Courses

GEO 101 Earth Systems Science I
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography or GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 381 Cartography
GEO 411 Multivariate Statistics
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
CSE 113 Intro to Computer Science
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus I or MTH 141 College Calculus
Two GIS electives from: GEO 475, GEO 479, GEO 482, GEO 483, GEO 485, GEO 488, GEO 493 or approved GIS course
Additional 300/400 level electives to meet the requirement of 36 Geography credit hours.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major46
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Finish in Four Geographic Information Science (GIS) Curricular Plan

International Trade - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two geography courses.

Required Courses

GEO 100 Geographic Perspectives and World Issues or GEO 101 Earth Systems Science I
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography or GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 International Trade
GEO 334 International Business Cultures
GEO 425 Industrial/Business Geography
GEO 460 Geography of Development
Three Geography (GEO) electives at the 300/400 level
ECO 181 Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Microeconomics
One computer science course; see handout for accepted courses

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major48
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 39
Additional Credits Required for Electives 33
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Finish in Four Sequence

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the International Trade BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Writing, mathematics and foreign language courses are subject to placement. Alternate exam credit or transfer credits may change placement.

Geography - B.A./M.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.9.
Two letters of recommendation from Geography instructors.

Advising Notes

Acceptance to the MA portion of this program requires submission of GRE scores. We recommend this be done between the third and fourth year.

Most of these courses are only offered once each year; therefore, students need to plan ahead to be certain that they enroll in the required courses during the appropriate semesters.

Students must apply to the department for full-time graduate status by Spring of their fourth year.

Prerequisite Courses

GEO 103 and two additional geography courses.

Required Courses

GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
ECO 181 Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Microeconomics
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 International Trade
GEO 334 International Business Cultures
GEO 366 Urban Geography
GEO 389 Business Geographics (or approved substitute)
GEO 411 Multivariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 419 Transportation and Society
GEO 425 Industrial Geography
GEO 497 Geography Honors Program
GEO 502 Survey Methods in Geography
GEO 531 Introduction to International Trade
GEO 625 Industrial Geography
GEO 631 Project Guidance or GEO 639 Special Topics in Trade
GEO 632 Macro Issues in Trade
GEO 634 World Regional and Cultural Systems
GEO 636 Spatial Problems of Multinational Corporations
GEO 640 Asia-Pacific Economy
GEO 680 Technology, Globalization, and Development
One approved undergraduate-level elective
Two approved graduate-level electives

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all MA requirements, the combined degree is conferred at the end of the fifth year.

Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Undergraduate UB Curriculum and Electives60
BA/MA Minimum47
Total UG 107
Total Grad 33
Total Credits Required for Degree 140

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's policies and procedures manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Finish in Four Sequence

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Geography BA/MA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in five years.

Take GRE between third and fourth year.

Geography - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

MINORS
Geography
Earth Systems Science
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography
International Business and World Trade
Urban and Regional Analysis

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

For detailed information, stop in at the main office, 105 Wilkeson, or contact the director of undergraduate studies.

Last updated: January 18 2017 10:18:43