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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography - BA

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Students who expect to do graduate work in geography are advised to take courses in statistics and/or computer science. We suggest, but do not require, that those planning to continue to the doctoral level fulfill the GER Foreign Language Requirement with the language of the area of regional specialization.

Major in Geography (32 cr)

Elective courses (18 cr)

A minimum of 18 additional credits consisting of 0-6 credits selected from 200-level courses with a PGEOG, GTECH, GEOG or GEOL prefix; and a minimum of 12 credits selected from 300-level courses with a PGEOG, GTECH or GEOG prefix (except GEOG 39100 , GEOG 39200  and GEOG 39300  and PGEOG 39100  PGEOG 39200  and PGEOG 39300  ) or LACS 33000 .

It is recommended, but not required, that geography majors use the following to satisfy a portion of the General Education Requirement.



GEOG 10100  is a prerequisite to GEOG 22100 , but does not count toward the major.

Minors for Geography Majors

A minor course of study is no longer required at Hunter College. However, geography majors can elect to minor in any field of their choice. It is recommended, but not required, that the chosen field be related to the student’s principal interest(s) in geography, and that the student consult with the Geography Undergraduate Adviser prior to selection of a minor course of study.

Minor in Geography

A minor in geography consists of a minimum of 12 credits chosen from undergraduate courses that have a GEOG, PGEOG or GTECH prefix. Prerequisites may apply. Thoughtful selection of courses may result in a minor program of study that will enhance the student’s major. It is recommended that prospective geography minors consult with the geography undergraduate adviser concerning course selection.

Minor in Geology

A minor in geology consists of a minimum of 12 credits selected from courses with a GEOL prefix, or PGEOG 23100 , or PGEOG 33400 , or GTECH 35000 . Prerequisites may apply. It is recommended that prospective geology minors consult with an undergraduate adviser from the Department of Geography.

Minor in Environmental Studies

A  consists of a minimum of 12 credits as follows:

  • one course selected from PGEOG 13000 , GEOL 10100 , GEOL 10500 , GEOL 18000 ; and
  • at least one course (minimum of 3 credits) selected from PGEOG 25000 , PGEOG 25100 *, GEOG 22600 , GEOL 28000 , or GTECH 20100 ; and
  • at least one course (minimum of 3 credits) from the 300-level approved electives listed in the college catalog under either the environmental studies program’s Concentration A (Environmental Earth Science) or Concentration B (Environmental Management and Policy).

*PGEOG 25000 is a prerequisite for  PGEOG 25100

Options in Social Studies Education within the Geography Major

The Department of Geography and the School of Education provide opportunities for students to prepare for a career in teaching social studies in grades 1-6 (Childhood Education)or in grades 7-12 (Adolescent Education).

  1. Option in Social Studies within the Geography Major for Childhood Education Teachers 
  2. Option in Social Studies within the Geography Major for Adolescent Education Teachers 

Honors Work and Individual Study

To graduate with departmental honors, a major in the geography or environmental studies program must be admitted to the following and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major.


Several courses offer students an opportunity to study geography, geology and environmental situations in the field. They are usually offered during intersession periods, summer session or on weekends (consult Schedule of Classes). In addition to the regular field courses, special-topic field courses are offered periodically and fieldwork is conducted in connection with a number of the other courses. The department participates in the Education Abroad Program. It offers a field geography of selected world regions course (check with adviser for current location). An additional fee for transportation, lodging and food allowance is attached to these courses, depending on the focus of the course and its itinerary.

Graduate Study

Graduate-level courses may be taken for credit toward the bachelor’s degree by highly qualified seniors. Written permission must be obtained from the undergraduate and graduate advisers.

Intern Program

Internship provides opportunities for qualified majors and minors in both geography and environmental studies to work in positions of responsibility in professional institutions while earning from 1 to 4 academic credits. See a departmental adviser for details.

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