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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences

Physical Geography

Physical geography is the study of the natural landscape of the earth including: volcanoes, mountains, rivers, groundwater, coastlands, deserts, weather phenomena, vegetation, and soils.

Advising Faculty Members: Black, Hu, Pearson


Courses Suggested:

  • GEOG 211 Meteorology
  • GEOG 314 Climatology
  • GEOG 315 Geomorphology
  • GEOG 316 Biogeography
  • GEOG 409 Weather Forcasting
  • GEOG 410 Soils
  • GEOG 411 Hydrology
  • GEOG 412 Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEOG 413 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOG 452 Topics in Physical Geography

The above are suggested courses. Faculty members may tailor the selection of courses to the needs and background of individual students. Courses from other departments or from a formal minor may also be included as part of the requirements for this AOS.

To declare an AOS, you must fill out the AOS agreement form (which can be found on the forms page), obtain the required signatures and turn it in to the department secretary.

Note: All general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as the 36 hour requirement for a major in Geography must be completed separately from the AOS. Courses in the AOS may not be substituted for these courses.

Other areas of study suggested while pursuing this AOS: Biogeography, Climatology/Meteorology, GIS/Cartography

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