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  • Geography

    Geography is the science of place, space, and environment. Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and socio-economic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, as well as the connections and interactions between places.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Geography offers exciting undergraduate degrees at UF. Students learn from world-renowned faculty and award-winning mentors, and contribute to groundbreaking research, all while studying topics that have great environmental and social significance. Geography is an integrated and highly interdisciplinary field of study spanning the physical world and society. It is also a hands-on discipline, with a strong emphasis on computer-based tools and field studies.

    Geographers can choose to study an enormous range of subjects, essentially anything that has a spatial component. Students who major in geography use the lens of space to examine issues as diverse as climate variability and change on the African continent, malaria outbreaks in Africa and South America, deforestation and land conflict in the Amazon, and the origin and spread of blues music in the Southeastern United States. Across the globe, geographers study tropical cyclones, river restoration, disease outbreaks, the role of parks and other protected areas, changes in land cover, forest management and fragmentation, community conservation, emerging infectious diseases, environmental influences on the elderly, and economic development.

    Geography explores the relationship between human and biophysical systems and deals with some of the most critical issues of our time such as environmental hazards, climate change, sustainability of resource management systems, international development, and community and urban planning. Understanding the concept of place, including how and why places differ from each other, is a central concern. Students who have social and economic interests can enter into careers in international development, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems, and environmental consultancy. Students who combine the study of socioeconomic factors and the biophysical world can work in resource management, conservation, environmental assessment, and watershed and coastal planning.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 33-35 credits of coursework in geography, plus 3 credits of STA2023. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

    Required Coursework

    • GEO 2200 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
    • One course, 3 credits, from:
    ​​GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
    GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
    • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, 4 credits
    • Two techniques courses, 6-8 credits, from:
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems, 4 credits
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation, 3 credits
    GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing, 4 credits
    • One regional geography course, 3 credits, from: 
    GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
    GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
    • ​Four systematic courses in geography, 12 credits minimum, from: 
    GEO 2242 Extreme Weather
    GEO 3250 Climatology
    GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
    GEO 4905 Individual Work
    GEO 4911 Undergraduate Research in Geography
    GEO 4938 Selected Topics in Geography
    GEO 4944 Internship
    GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
    GIS 4037 Digital Imaging Processing
    GIS 4113 Spatial Networks
    • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit​

    Transfer coursework is considered on a case-by-case basis. Upper division transfer courses with no UF equivalent will be substituted as GEO4938.

    The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

    Related Coursework

    • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 geography course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography (GE-S and N) or
    GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies GE-S
    3
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Foreign language 4-5
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
    GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Foreign language 3-5
    Total 13-15
    Semester 3 Credits
    GEO 2000/3000 level
    Systematic
    3
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Elective
    Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
    3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    GEO 3000/4000 level
    Systematic
    3
    ​Elective 3​
    ​Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3​
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Mathematics, pure math
    GE-M
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America or
    GEA 3600 Geography of Africa​
    3​
    GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
    GE-P
    4
    ​Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    ​6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    GEO 3000/4000 level
    Systematic
    3​
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems or
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation or
    GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
    4
    Elective 3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    ​Humanities
    GE-H
    3​
    Total 16
    Semester 7 Credits
    GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
    GEO/GIS 4000 level
    Techniques
    Options: GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems, GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation, or GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
    3-4
    Electives 6
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    ​Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3​
    Total 16-17
    Semester 8 Credits
    GEO 3000/4000 level
    Systematic
    3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Electives 10
    Total 16

    Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.

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