About the Geography Bachelor’s Program
Texas Tech University offers a 120-hour Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a minor in geography, both of which appeal to students who have broad interests in the relationships of humans and the environment, who are curious about the world, and who like to be challenged. Geographers study how people interact with the environment and how various phenomena are distributed and move over the surface of the earth.
The B.A. degree is intended to provide students with a background in the nature of human interactions with the environment and a solid grounding in data collection and analysis techniques such as field data collection, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems.
Undergraduate majors find interesting careers in the public and private sectors. Geographers work with local, state, and national government agencies and the military. In the private sector, there are increasing demands by business and industry for employees trained in field research methods, geographic information systems, statistical analysis, remote sensing, and other skills acquired by geography students. Geography majors also become teachers at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. In addition, the undergraduate program can provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate study, whether in geography or some related professional field such as urban or regional planning, environmental and resource management, law, and public affairs.
The geography major consists of 31 hours of coursework in geography plus MATH 2300 or MATH 2345 . Required courses are GEOG 1401 , GEOG 2300 , GEOG 3340 , GEOG 4300 ; and GIST 3300 . Students who select a GIST minor will use GIST 3300 in the minor, not the major and select another jr/sr GEOG elective. Students must complete an additional 15 hours of junior- and senior-level GEOG and GIST courses to complete the GIST minor. An additional 15 hours of junior- and senior-level GEOG and GIST courses are required in the major. Students majoring in geography must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of geography courses from Texas Tech. The geography minor requires at least 6 hours from Texas Tech.