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What are the factors that are leading to the increasing coastal population in the United States? What are the economic, environmental, and social impacts of these increases? Why is the capital of the United States located where it is?

Geography involves more than memorizing states and capitals. It is a unique way of looking at the world and solving problems that affect people and the environment. Students can focus on natural resources and environmental management, land use and sustainable development, social justice, climate change, international development, and many other topics.

In addition, students of geography learn how to use computer mapping and satellite imagery to map and analyze patterns on the earth, ranging from neighborhoods to countries, to regions of the world. The knowledge and skills learned in geography can be applied to many fields, including economic development, global environmental and policy issues, environmental planning and remediation, hazard management, and energy policy.

The Department of Geography consists of 24 faculty members with expertise in all of the areas listed above. The size of the department, and its range of activities, allow students to work closely with faculty and other geography students on research projects in the field and in the lab. The program allows students to become well educated, civilized adults, who have the knowledge and answers, or the ability to find answers, to those questions above.

ECU Advantage

Quotes from our graduates speak to the reasons why our BA program produces successful scholars and professionals.

"Majoring in geography is the best decision I've made in college. The small department atmosphere makes you feel like an individual, not just another student."

"I always thought of geography as map memorization and learning about different cultures, but it is so much more than that. Geography involves where everything is, and how it is all connected together, so it is a very broad field. I learned that I could follow my dream of helping the environment through geography, and how powerful tools like [geographic information systems] can be in problem solving."

"The degree in geography I got from ECU has given me the skills to be competitive in the job market and allowed me to get a stable, well-paying job. I am grateful for this education!"

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Tom Rickenbach (239-A Brewster Building; 252-328-1039; rickenbacht@ecu.edu)

Students must complete a minimum of 21 s.h. in GEOG courses above 2999.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Common core - 13 s.h.
      • GEOG 2400 - Spatial Data Analysis
      • GEOG 4999 - Geography Professional Seminar
      • Choose 9 s.h. electives from:
        • GEOG 2410 - Fundamentals of GIS
        • GEOG 3420 - Remote Sensing of the Environment I
        • GEOG 3430 - Geographic Information Systems I
        • GEOG 3450 - Introduction to the Global Positioning System
        • GEOG 3460 - GIS Applications Programming
        • GEOG 4150 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
        • GEOG 4410 - Advanced Cartographic Design and Production
        • GEOG 4420 - Remote Sensing II
        • GEOG 4430 - Geographic Information Systems II
        • GEOG 4440 - Coastal Applications of GIS
        • GEOG 4450 - GIScience, Society and Technology
        • GEOG 4460 - Digital Terrain Analysis
        • GEOG 4491 - Supervised Study in Geographic Techniques
        • GEOG 4492 - Supervised Study in Geographic Techniques
        • GEOG 4493 - Supervised Study in Geographic Techniques
        • GEOG 4801 - Geographic Internship
        • GEOG 4802 - Geographic Internship
        • GEOG 4803 - Geographic Internship
        • GEOG 4901 - Senior Honors Thesis
        • May choose any GEOG course listed below that is not being counted toward the degree.
      4. Concentration areas - 21 s.h.

      (Choose 15 s.h. in one area, 6 s.h. in the other area.)

        Environmental geography concentration:

        (In concentration area, a minimum of 3 s.h. must be above 3999.)

        • ATMO 3520 - Dynamic Meteorology
        • ATMO 3550 - Principles of Synoptic Meteorology
        • ATMO 4520 - Boundary Layer Meteorology
        • ATMO 4525 - Dynamic Meteorology II
        • ATMO 4550 - Applied Synoptic Meteorology: Analyses and Forecasting

        • ATMO 1300 - Weather and Climate or
        • GEOG 1250 - The Water Planet or
        • GEOG 1300 - Weather and Climate

        • GEOG 2250 - Earth Surface Systems
        • GEOG 2300 - Geography of Environmental Resources
        • GEOG 2510 - Physical Meteorology
        • GEOG 3220 - Soil Properties, Surveys, and Applications
        • GEOG 3230 - Global Climates
        • GEOG 4210 - Fluvial and Hydrological Processes
        • GEOG 4220 - Coastal Geography
        • GEOG 4230 - Earth Surface Processes
        • GEOG 4250 - Environmental Impact Analysis
        • GEOG 4291 - Supervised Study in Physical Geography
        • GEOG 4292 - Supervised Study in Physical Geography
        • GEOG 4293 - Supervised Study in Physical Geography
        • GEOG 4510 - Meteorological Instruments and Observations
        • GEOG 4530 - Micrometeorology
        • GEOG 4540 - Coastal Storms
        • GEOG 4580 - Radar and Satellite Meteorology
        • GEOG 4590 - Tropical Meteorology
        • GEOG 4900 - Honors Research
        • GEOG 5220 - Physical Geography Field Experience
        • GEOG 5281 - Selected Topics in Physical Geography
        • GEOG 5282 - Selected Topics in Physical Geography
        • GEOG 5283 - Selected Topics in Physical Geography
        Human geography concentration:
        • GEOG 1000 - People, Places, and Environments
        • GEOG 2003 - Geography of the Global Economy
        • GEOG 2019 - Geography of Recreation
        • GEOG 2100 - World Geography: Developed Regions
        • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
        • GEOG 2350 - Climate Change: Science and Society
        • GEOG 3001 - Historical Geography of the United States
        • GEOG 3003 - Political Geography
        • GEOG 3004 - Urban Geography
        • GEOG 3049 - Latin America
        • GEOG 3050 - Africa
        • GEOG 3051 - Asia
        • GEOG 3055 - North Carolina
        • GEOG 3250 - Environmental Hazards
        • GEOG 4140 - Research Methods in Human Geography
        • GEOG 4191 - Supervised Study in Regional Geography
        • GEOG 4192 - Supervised Study in Regional Geography
        • GEOG 4193 - Supervised Study in Regional Geography
        • GEOG 4270 - Water Resources Management and Planning
        • GEOG 4310 - Geography of Transportation and Trade
        • GEOG 4315 - Geographic Images
        • GEOG 4320 - Gender, Economy, and Development
        • GEOG 4325 - Resources, Population, and Development
        • GEOG 4330 - Agricultural Geography
        • GEOG 4335 - Geography of Tourism
        • GEOG 4340 - Introduction to Medical Geography
        • GEOG 4345 - Human Migration and Global Restructuring
        • GEOG 4360 - Geographies of Global Climate and Environmental Change
        • GEOG 4391 - Supervised Study in Human Geography
        • GEOG 4392 - Supervised Study in Human Geography
        • GEOG 4393 - Supervised Study in Human Geography
        • GEOG 4900 - Honors Research
        • GEOG 5393 - Seminar in Human Geography
      5. Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.
        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Geography
        • Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
        • Public Administration and Legal Services
        • Education and Training
        • Geography

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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