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Geography Major

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

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GEOG 1001 Introduction to Human Geography (F/S)
GEOG 1002 Introduction to Physical Geography (F/S), 4 credits, with lab
GEOG 4195 Senior Seminar in Geography (F)

Group A: Physical Geography (Majors must complete at least TWO)

GEOG 1003 Society and Environment (F/S)
GEOG 2108 Weather and Climate
GEOG 2110 Climate and Human Ecology
GEOG 2128 Geomorphology
GEOG 2129 Biogeography
GEOG 2134 Energy Resources
GEOG 2136 Water Resources
GEOG 2137 Environmental Hazards
GEOG 3132 Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143 Urban Sustainability (A OR B)

Group B: Human Geography (Majors must complete at least TWO)

GEOG 2124 Urban Transportation
GEOG 2125 Transportation Systems and Networks
GEOG 2127 Population Geography (F/S)
GEOG 2133 People, Land and Food
GEOG 2140 Cities and Society (U.S. focus)
GEOG 2141 Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2144 Historical Geography
GEOG 2145 Cultural Geography
GEOG 2146 Political Geography
GEOG 2147 Military Geography
GEOG 2148 Economic Geography
GEOG 3143 Urban Environmental Issues (A OR B)
GEOG 3810 Planning Cities

Group C: Techniques (Majors must complete at least TWO of the following: 2104, 2105, 2196)

GEOG 2104 Introduction to Cartography and GIS (F/S)
GEOG 2105 Techniques of Spatial Analysis (F/S)
GEOG 2107 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 2196 Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 3106 Intermediate GIS

Group D: Regional Geography (Majors must complete at least ONE)

GEOG 2120 World Regional Geography (F/S)
GEOG 3154 Geography of the Middle East & North Africa
GEOG 3161 Geography of Latin America
GEOG 3164 Geography of Africa
GEOG 3165 Geography of South Asia

In addition to the above requirements, students must also take 2 geography electives for a total of 6 credits

In addition to the four groups above, there are several geography courses which can be completed for the major or minor:

GEOG 3190 Readings in Geography
GEOG 3194 Special Topics in Physical Geography
GEOG 3195 Special Topics in Human Geography
GEOG 3196 Special Topics in Geospatial Geography
GEOG 3197 Special Topics in Regional Geography
GEOG 3198 Special Topics in Geography
GEOG 4199 Internship in Geography (maximum of 6 credits)

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

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

Students whose last names begin with N-Z
Professor Joseph Dymond at 202-994-8503, jdymond@gwu.edu

Or, Visit the Geography Department, located in Phillips Hall, Suite 216, 801 22nd Street, N.W.


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.