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Can you picture yourself working with community members to develop a plan to tackle future environmental and social challenges? Are you interested in understanding how societies have been shaped by the environment in which they live?

The discipline of geography offers an important interdisciplinary approach to critical societal and environmental themes such as climate change, the spread of disease, and development in vulnerable coastal regions, as well as social justice, local knowledge, and globalization. ECU’s bachelor of science in applied geography offers a setting for you to work closely with faculty, students, and the community to develop a set of skills and a global perspective to help solve environmental and social issues. The geography faculty works at the interface between society and the natural world, and this interdisciplinary approach is integrated into most of the classes that you will take. The curriculum spans social justice, globalization, geographic information systems, landform processes, and atmospheric science.

The BS degree in applied geography will leave you with the skills you’ll need to help build a dynamic career solving social and environmental issues. These include a keen understanding of the geographic features of earth and how they interact with social systems, as well as computer and technological skills related to map-making, geolocation, and terrain analysis. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable internship experience with state and city government and the private sector, working on community development, hazards impacts, coastal issues, and other topics.

ECU Advantage

ECU’s Department of Geography is a regional leader in research and applications of coastal development and hazards, social justice, landform analysis, water quality, and climate change. Our alumni have used their skills and experience acquired at ECU to develop their careers in both government and in the private sector across North Carolina and nationally. Many of our students have taken advantage of the ties our department faculty have with national research laboratories, private consulting firms, and NGOs working in developing countries to start dynamic careers in geography-related fields.

What You Will Study

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

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

1. General education requirements including the one listed below - 40 s.h.

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

  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
2. Core - 7 s.h.
  • GEOG 2400 - Spatial Data Analysis
  • GEOG 2410 - Fundamentals of GIS
  • GEOG 4999 - Geography Professional Seminar
3. Concentration areas - 39 s.h.
    Environmental:

    (Choose 15 s.h. from the following.)

    • 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
    Geographic information science:

    (Choose 9 s.h. from the following.)

    • 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 4900 - Honors Research
    Human:

    (Choose 15 s.h. from the following.)

    • 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 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
4. Internship - 3 s.h.

(Choose a maximum of 3 s. h. of supervised study from the following.)

  • GEOG 4801 - Geographic Internship or
  • GEOG 4802 - Geographic Internship or
  • GEOG 4803 - Geographic Internship
5. Minor and general electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    Note:

    The minor should be selected from aerospace, biology, business administration, coastal studies, computer science, economics, geology, industrial technology, information processing, leisure systems studies, military science, planning, public administration, statistics, or any other appropriate minor with consent of the chair.

    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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