Curriculum Requirements

University General Education Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 9
People and Society Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Math Sequence6
Writing Requirement 112
Study Abroad (optional)15
Degree Requirements 2,3
Choose 1 of the following:3
Digital Earth
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Required:
GEG 120Physical Geography3
GEG 305Spatial Data Analysis I3
GEG 306Geographic Research Methods3
GEG 310Geographic Information Systems I3
GEG 321Remote Sensing of the Environment3
GEG 410Geographic Information Systems II3
GEG 501Capstone Research Seminar3
Choose 1 advanced techniques course3
Elective Courses6
Additional Electives12
Total Credit Hours120-126

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
GEG 101 Digital Earth 3
GEG 120 Physical Geography 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
GEG 310 Geographic Information Systems I 3
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
GEG 305 Spatial Data Analysis I 3
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
BIO, CHM, GEL, or PHY Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GEG 306 Geographic Research Methods 3
GEG 241 Health and Medical Geography 3
GEG 321 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GEG 331 Sustainable Development 3
GEG 410 Geographic Information Systems II 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
300 Level GEG Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
GEG Elective - Advanced Techniques 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
300 Level GEG Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GEG 501 Capstone Research Seminar 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122

Mission

The Department of Geography (GEG) seeks to encourage the rigorous investigation of human-environment interactions, and the analysis of spatial patterns related to societal processes. It reaches across disciplines to draw on a range of methods, theories, and perspectives that help us understand how ideas and structures result from the interaction of space, place and time. The department's core objective is to foster the examination, open discussion, and lively debate of geographic issues among faculty and students from all fields of study, enriching the undergraduate curriculum and the university's academic mission through greater communication across disciplines and colleges. Its aim is to broaden, deepen, and transform the learning community at UM and beyond.

Goals

Our undergraduate programs (BA and BS) aim to prepare students for positions in teaching, government, private business, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), resource management, and environmental analysis. We offer optional tracks in urban, environmental, and medical geography, as well as courses in geospatial technology which provide students with marketable skills for today's job market: geographic information systems (GIS), digital cartography, satellite remote sensing, land use and land cover analysis, and spatial statistics. During their studies, our students develop global citizenship, which prepares them to examine global problems with a different lens, as well as develop skills to work effectively in multi-cultural environments and collaborative settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of concepts and theories in both human and physical geography including spatial patterns and processes, the interrelationships between people and places, and the interactions between people and nature.
  • Students will integrate and apply concepts and theories to develop sound and original geographical questions as well as apply critical thinking to find explanations to geographical questions.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written, cartographic, and oral communication.