Minor in Geography: five courses, 16 credits (minimum)

For information, contact Dr. Keith Henderson, Mendel G67, 9–7907, keith.henderson@villanova.edu

How do you see the future?  More of everything: food, personal electronic devices, energy, and peace between nations?  Or do you foresee more population growth, new diseases, conflict, urban sprawl, pollution, ethnic violence, and starvation?  Will there still be enough energy and clean water for your children?

The world is changing at unprecedented rates, primarily because of human activity.  We live in an integrated global environmental; and, more than ever before, we need people who understand how things are linked. THAT'S WHAT GEOGRAPHERS DO!

Opportunities for increased well-being of humans and the environment abound.  On the other hand, competition for resources such as fresh water and oil is reaching crisis proportions.  Social unrest can precipitate disasters that decimate populations, destabilize governments, and may even cause armed conflict.  The future of humanity depends on skillful management of our environment.  Expert care of the environment is needed to maintain supplies of food, natural products, water, and the other resources on which life depends.  New insights into the social, economic, and urban environment can help control poverty and crime.

Geography focuses on the relationships between people and the natural world, the choices people make, the effects of past actions on people today, and the effects of today’s choices on future generations.  For example, changes in tropical forests in response to human population growth is leading to the loss of biodiversity and an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases that contribute to warming and extreme climate events.

A minor in Geography can offer unique insights into these issues!

 

Requirements:

 

Introductory Course (select 1):

Geography of a Globalizing World

GEV 1002

3 credits

Geography of Earth’s Environments

GEV 1003

3 credits

 

Total:

3 credits

Regional Perspective (select 1):

Geography of North America

GEV 3500

3 credits

Geography of Europe and the European Union

GEV 3510

3 credits

Geography of Africa

GEV 3515

3 credits

Geography of the Middle East

GEV 3520

3 credits

Geography of Asia

GEV 3525

3 credits

 

Total:

3 credits

Geographic Information Systems:

Geographic Information Systems w / Laboratory

GEV 4700

4 credits

 

Total:

4 credits

Geography Electives (select 2):

Global Change in Local Places

GEV 2500

3 credits

Political Geography

GEV 2510

3 credits

Economic Geography

GEV 2515

3 credits

Urban Geography

GEV 2520

3 credits

Population Geography

GEV 2525

3 credits

Selected Topics

GEV 3000

3 credits

Introduction to Sustainability Studies

GEV 3001

3 credits

Geography of North America

GEV 3500

3 credits

Geography of Europe and the European Union

GEV 3510

3 credits

Geography of Africa

GEV 3515

3 credits

Geography of the Middle East

GEV 3520

3 credits

Geography of Asia

GEV 3525

3 credits

Natural Hazards

GEV 3550

3 credits

Land Use Planning and Management

GEV 3570

3 credits

Natural Resources and Conservation

GEV 3580

3 credits

Topical Research Problems

GEV 3590

3 credits

Remote Sensing

GEV 3750

3 credits

Air Photo Interpretation

GEV 3775

3 credits

Global Positioning Systems w / Laboratory

GEV 3790

4 credits

Selected Topics in Geography

GEV 4510

3 credits

Climate Variability

GEV 4511

3 credits

Medical Geography

GEV 4512

3 credits

Geography of National Security

GEV 4513

3 credits

Geomorphology

GEV 4514

3 credits

Terrestrial Ecosystem

GEV 4515

3 credits

Environmental Security

GEV 4516

3 credits

Geographical Issues Seminar

GEV 4550

3 credits

 

Total:

6 credits

Sample Progam:

 

Sample program for a student interested in studying North American environmental issues:

            GEV 1003, Geography of Earth’s Environments

            GEV 2500, Geography of North America

            GEV 4700, Geographic Information Systems

            GEV 3570, Land Use Planning and Management

            GEV 3580, Natural Resources and Conservation

 

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3337
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Chair:
Dr. Francis A. Galgano

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lisa J. Rodrigues

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