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Department of Political Science and Geography



Capstone Requirements


Degree Programs


The Geography Program is staffed by professionally active faculty committed to research, teaching, and close interaction with majors and minors. Both the B.A. and the B.S. degrees are designed to provide students with a broad-based background in the discipline and a command of the tools of geographic research. In addition to the general major, students may specialize in Geographic Information Sciences, Environment and Resources, or Urban Geography. Each of these sequences supports the University's mission to excel in areas which are appropriate to the opportunities afforded by its location in the heart of greater Hampton Roads, a major metropolitan area at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and one of the nation's leading ports.

Geography majors are required to take four foundation courses: introductory cultural and environmental geography, maps and geographic information, and research design. They also take eight upper level courses on thematic, technological, and regional topics.

4 full-time geographers serve approximately 65 majors.

In addition, the program offers a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISci) and a Certificate in the Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments (with the Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science).

Dr. Jonathan Leib
Director of Geography, Chief Departmental Advisor
BAL 7022
Tel. (757) 683-3849
Fax (757) 683-4763
E-mail: jleib@odu.edu