Geography Major

Geography Major

Geography

Major

The geography major has three great tracks -- physical geography, human geography, and human environmental geography -- that will change how cadets look at human and physical environments.

The Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering offers some of the best undergraduate facilities in the country for the study of geography, environmental engineering & science, and geospatial information science. Cadets interested in the geography major can choose from one of three tracks – each with the option to pursue an honors program. Each track and every course offering will help to develop cadets as a self-learners, problem solvers and critical thinkers, all which are critical attributes for success as a future leader in the Army. The instruction is current, accurate, relevant, and engaging. 

Geography majors have a lab requirement component. 

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

 

Physical Geography Track 

The physical geography track is for cadets interested in environmental issues, natural landscapes, meteorology, climate resource studies, environmental conflict, and global environmental change. This track prepares majors for careers in organizations that analyze and address environmental issues or problems, as well as businesses, government agencies, or NGOs that work in the field of conservation or natural hazards. Physical geographers are skillfully positioned to excel in aviation and engineering careers. 

 

Human Geography Track 

The human geography track is a good choice for cadets who want to learn the who, where, and why of cultures, religions, and nationalities around the globe. This track prepares majors for careers in any international field, such as foreign service, international business, non-governmental organizations, or an entire career in the Army (Intel, Psyops, Special Operations Forces). 

 

Human-Environment Geography Track 

The human-environment geography track is the best choice for any cadet interested in modifying the environment and influencing humans. Any cadet who wants to think big should consider this track. Human-environmental geographers hold positions in organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Parks Service, the National Intelligence Agency, and various renewable energy corporations, conservation organizations, and even the top tier of global politics. Human-environmental geography is also listed as one of the degrees needed to be an army strategist.  

Physical Geography Track

Required Courses

EV303 FOUNDATIONS IN GEOGRAPHY 

EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES

EV367 GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS

EV398 GEOG INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 

Sample Electives

EV387 METEOROLOGY

EV388A PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

EV388B GEOMORPHOLOGY

EV389B CLIMATOLOGY

EV391B NATURAL HAZARDS AND RISK

 

Human Geography Track 

Required Courses

EV303 FOUNDATIONS IN GEOGRAPHY

EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 

EV367 GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS 

EV398 GEOG INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

EV483 COLLOQUIUM IN GEOGRAPHY
 

Sample Electives

EV371 GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIA 

EV372 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA

EV373 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA

EV375 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA 

EV376 GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST3

EV384 GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA

EV386 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE3 

EV390B URBAN GEOGRAPHY

EV391A LAND USE PLAN & MGT

 

Human-Environment Geography Track 

Required Courses

EV303 FOUNDATIONS IN GEOGRAPHY

EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 

EV367 GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS 

EV398 GEOG INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

EV486 ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
 

Sample Electives

EV390B URBAN GEOGRAPHY 

EV391A LAND USE PLAN & MGT3

EV483 COLLOQUIUM IN GEOGRAPHY

EV387 METEOROLOGY 

EV388A PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

EV388B GEOMORPHOLOGY

EV389B CLIMATOLOGY

 

 See Redbook for More Information

 

For additional information on the course selection for this ma

Cadets in this major can work with one of the geography department’s research centers and engage in any number of Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) programs, USMA-run academic enrichment experiences. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering or the Center for Environmental and Geographic Sciences (CEGS).