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Academics: Geography major

Investigation of physical and cultural landscapes and their resulting interactions in the context of a Christian world view.

Admission to the major

Students must have completed at least 2 courses in geography with a minimum average grade of C (2.0) before they may be formally admitted to the major program.

Required courses

  • GEOG 120 - Earth Systems
  • GEOG 190 - Colloquium: Semester 1
  • GEOG 190 - Colloquium: Semester 2
  • GEOG 200 - People, Place and Community
  • ENST 210 - Human Impacts on the Environment
  • GEOG 230 - The Global Economy
  • GEOG 252 - Geomorphology
  • GEOG 261 - Cartography and GIS
  • GEOG 290 - Seminar
  • GEOG 310 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 380 - Seminar in Geographic Thought

One cognate course from the following:

  • MATH 132 - Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • MATH 143 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I
  • PSYCh 255 - Statistics and Research Design

Electives

Departmentally approved electives to bring total credit hours to at least 36, including one elective at the 300-level:

  • GEOG 110 - World Regions
  • GEOG 181 - First Year Research in Earth Sciences: Dunes (first year students only)
  • GEOG 241 - United States and Canada
  • GEOG 242 - Africa
  • GEOG 250 - Meteorology
  • GEOL 251 - Oceanography
  • GEOG 295 - Special Topics in Geography
  • GEOG 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
  • GEOG 351 - City and Regional Planning
  • GEOG 361 - Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 385 - Internship in Geography
  • GEOG 390 - Independent Study
  • GEOG 395 - Research in Geography
  • ENST 302 - Environment and Society
    An approved interim course

 

 

Requirements for the Geography minor.

Courses

Geology
Geography
Environmental studies

Advisors

Dr. Johnathan Bascom
jbascom@calvin.edu

Dr. Deanna van Dijk
dvandijk@calvin.edu

Dr. Jason VanHorn
jvanhorn@calvin.edu

Program checklist

Geography interims

Ethiopia: Communities of Hope

Leadership, Geography and Culture in Kenya

Dutch Landscapes

Economic and Environmental Planning in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta

Geography Capstone

Check out the capstone projects completed this past spring.

Geography careers

Explore career opportunities for geography majors.