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Geography Major

Geography majors must complete a minimum of 36 Credits in geography coursework.

Please Click Here to download a checklist for Geography major requirements

For more information about the Geography major, please contact Geography Undergraduate Advisors:

Students whose last names begin with A-H
Professor Marie Price at 202-994-6187, [email protected]

Students whose last names begin with I-O
Professor Michael Mann at 202-994-4567, mmann1123@gwu.edu

Students whose last names begin with P-Z
Professor Declan Cullen at 202-994-8523, [email protected]

Or, Visit the Geography Department, located in Samson Hall, 2nd floor, 2036 H Street, N.W.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

36 credits, including 10 credits in required courses and 26 credits selected from among four groups.

GEOG 1001Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 1002Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 4195Proseminar in Geographic Thought
A minimum of two courses from each of the following groups:
Group A (Physical/Environmental/Resources)
GEOG 1003Society and Environment
GEOG 2108Weather and Climate
GEOG 2110Climate and Human Ecology
GEOG 2128Geomorphology
GEOG 2129Biogeography
GEOG 2134Energy Resources
GEOG 2136Water Resources
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
GEOG 3132Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3194Special Topics in Physical Geography
GEOG 3218Arctic Systems
Group B (Human)
GEOG 2124Urban Transportation
GEOG 2125Transportation Systems and Networks
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2133People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2140Cities and Societies
GEOG 2141Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2144Explorations in Historical Geography
GEOG 2145Cultural Geography
GEOG 2146Political Geography
GEOG 2147Military Geography
GEOG 2148Economic Geography
GEOG 3143Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3195Special Topics in Human Geography
GEOG 3810Planning Cities
Group C (Techniques)
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2105Techniques of Spatial Analysis
GEOG 2107Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 2196Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 3106Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 3196Special Topics in Techniques
GEOG 4307Digital Image Processing and Analysis
GEOG 4308Programming for Geospatial Applications
GEOG 4309GIS for Emergency Management
GEOG 4310Geovisualization and Cartography
GEOG 4311Open Source Solutions for Geospatial Project Management
At least one course from Group D (Regional):
GEOG 2120World Regional Geography
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
GEOG 3197Special Topics in Regional Geography


GEOG 1001: Introduction to Human Geography

Geography 1001 explores contemporary themes in human geography by looking at the processes of globalization.  This map shows the "globalization" of facebook users.


GEOG 2104: Introduction to Cartography & GIS

Geography 2104 is designed to introduce students to both the science and skills of cartography, by examining topics such as visualization, map projections, map interpretation skills, thematic mapping, and most importantly, the fundamentals of map creation using computer-assisted techniques. The GIS portion of the course will focus on obtaining a good introductory competency with the GIS application ArcGIS 10.  


GEOG 2140: Cities & Societies

Geography 2140 students often use DC as a lab from which to explore urban trends.  These students are on a field trip to the National Mall to study the meaning of monuments and memorials. 


GEOG 3143: Urban Environmental Issues

Students learn about various issues relating to urban sustainability in this class.  Pictured here, students are doing a project with a community partner, Casey Trees.  The project involved students taking an inventory of trees on the GW campus; measuring trunk diameter and tree canopy.