Course Requirements for the Class of 2024 and beyond - B.A. in Geography



Required Geography Foundation Courses (5 courses):

Geography of a Globalizing World

GEV 1002

3 credits

Geography of Earth’s Environments

GEV 1003

3 credits

Introduction to Geo–Techniques w/ Laboratory

GEV 1750

4 credits

Global Change in Local Places

GEV 2500

3 credits

Geographic Information Systems w/ Laboratory

GEV 4700

4 credits



17 credits


Required Seminar and Professional Development Courses (4 courses):

Research Colloquium1

GEV 6006

0 credit

Professional Development in Geography and the Environment

GEV 2001

1 credit



1 credit

1 Students are required to take GEV 6006 a total of three times in their Junior and Senior years.


Required Independent Research Courses (2 courses):

Senior Research Seminar

GEV 6005

1 credit

Independent Study (senior project or thesis)2

GEV 6200/6220

3 credits



4 credits

2 Students take either the one-semester Senior Project (GEV 6200; 3 credits) or the two-semester Senior Thesis (GEV 6210 and 6220; 6 credits in which 3 credits count towards free electives) under the mentorship of a faculty member in the Department or a cognate department (i.e., Biology, Chemistry) with permission.


Geography Major Elective Course Requirements (4 courses):

Course Type

Courses required


Regional Geography elective


3 credits

Geography elective


9 credits



12 credits



Core Curriculum (14 courses):

Augustine Culture Seminar (2 courses)5

ACS 1000/1001

6 credits

College Ethics (1 course)

ETH 2050

3 credits

Fine Arts (1 course)


3 credits

Foreign Language (2 courses)


6 credits

History (1 course)


3 credits

College Literature and Writing Seminar (1 course)

ENG 1975

3 credits

Philosophy (1 course)

PHI 1000

3 credits

Theology and Religious Studies (2 courses)

THL 1000

6 credits

Mathematics or Statistics (1 course)


3 credits

Social Science (2 courses / met by major)



Natural Science w/ Lab (2 courses)


8 credits



44 credits

Free Electives (16 courses):

Any courses


48 credits


Total credits required for B.A. in Geography                                          126 credits


Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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