Jan 21, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Geography - BA

A major in Geography is designed to prepare students to understand and respond to our world’s changing social and natural environments using a range of quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial research methods. Students will study how social and natural systems interact using concepts of place, space, distance, location, and scale. They will also learn how to make (digital) maps in order to analyze and explain differences between places. Geographic knowledge and analytical skills are vital to solving the many problems our world is facing today, from consequences of climate change to geopolitical crises and migration. In addition to classroom learning, students explore urban and natural environments through our field-based classes and by doing research projects together with community advocacy groups in New York City.

Our department offers three concentration areas that Geography majors are encouraged to explore. These concentrations are: Cities and Globalization, Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Science, and Sustainability. Students are encouraged to discuss with advisors and professors in our department the course of study that best fits their interests.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: General Education - Effective Fall 2019 

In the case of the Geography major, the courses that meet CCC are:

Course                   CUNY Common Core Requirement
GEOG 10100  
PGEOG 13000 (STEM)  
Individual and Society (SS)
Scientific World -or- Life and Physical Sciences
GEOG 15000   World Cultures and Global Issues
GEOL 10000   Scientific World
GEOL 10100   Life and Physical Sciences
GEOL 10500  
GEOL 18000  
Scientific World
Scientific World

Requirements for the Degree Program:

Courses Offered by Supporting Disciplines (0-8 credits)

Additional Requirements for All Geography Majors (21-22 credits)

Note: PGEOG 13000 can count for one requirement only.

Elective Courses (a minimum of 18 credits, at 200 level or higher).

Core courses cannot double count as geography major elective courses. One 3-credit independent study course may count as a 300- level elective course with the approval of the undergraduate geography advisor.

At least 18 additional credits of courses with a GEOG, PGEOG or GTECH prefix of which at least 15 credits must be at the 300-level.

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.