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Geography Program Degrees Offered
  Geography
  Geography Education (subject endorsement required to teach at the secondary level) 

     Geography Minor
  Geospatial Technology Minor

Suggested Minor Concentrations to go with a Geography Major
  Social Sciences Minor
  Earth Science Minor
  History Minor

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  Geography Major (BA/BS)  35 hours

The study of Geography prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities in business, government and education.  Geography at WSC is a modern applied science which retains its ancient, traditional role as a liberal art.  The Geography Program Area continues this tradition by preparing students for productive and rewarding careers while instilling the thought processes, qualities, and habits which are the hallmarks of a liberally educated person. Scholarship money is available for qualified Geography majors.  Career opportunities for Geography majors are highly varied and growing as the field becomes more widely recognized.

EAS 110   Introduction to Meteorology  (4)
EAS 120   Introduction to Geology  (4)
GEO 120  World Regional Geography  (3)
GEO 315  World Economic Geography  (3)
GEO 430  Geographic Information Systems  OR  GEO 435 Computer Mapping (3)
Geography and/or Earth Science Electives, 300-level courses or above  (18)

At least 18 of the 35 hours in the major must be 300-level classes or above.

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  Subject Endorsement in Geography (BA/BS)  38 hours

Teaching in Nebraska high schools requires specialization in two fields, known as subject endorsements.  Geography is an excellent choice of subject endorsement for college students who are training to be Social Studies teachers.  Geography can be paired with a second subject endorsement in History, Political Science, Sociology or some other appropriate field.  Further, students seeking a Social Sciences Field Endorsement often select Geography as their secondary area of emphasis.  Best of all, scholarship money is available for qualified students choosing Geography and/or History as a subject endorsement.

EAS 110   Introduction to Meteorology  (4)
EAS 120   Introduction to Geology  (4)
GEO 120  World Regional Geography  (3)
GEO 300  Human Geography  (3)
GEO 305  Political Geography  (3)
GEO 315  World Economic Geography  (3)
Geography Electives, 300-level classes or above  (12)
Social Sciences Electives (other than Geography)  (6)

Click here for more information on Geography Education and Teaching Geography.

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Note: At least 19 of the 38 hours in the endorsement must be 300-level or above.  A second subject endorsement is also required.  Courses taken to satisfy the professional education requirements must be taken separately and will not count in the Geography endorsement.  EDU 409  Social Sciences Content Area Methods and Assessment must be taken as part of the professional education requirements.  No course with a grade below "C" (2.0) will be accepted as part of the minimum requirements for the Geography subject endorsement.  Up to 13 hours may be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

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  Minor in Geography  19 hours

The Geography Minor is an excellent complement to many fields of specialization and can contribute to the understanding of a student's chosen major.  Employers find the minor very attractive on job applications, particularly GEO technology electives such as Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems.   The Geography Minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student's major(s) or other minor(s).

EAS 110  Introduction to Meteorology  (4)
GEO 120  World Regional Geography  (3)
GEO 315  World Economic Geography  (3)
Upper division (300-level or above) Geography electives  (9)

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   Minor in Geospatial Technology  21 hours

Geospatial Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives, from navigation to decision-making.  This minor involves the tools and techniques necessary to gather, process, and deliver spatially-referenced information.  In a world that changes constantly, employers are attracted to graduates with these skills.  The Geospatial Technology Minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student's major(s) or other minor(s).

GEO 120  World Regional Geography  (3)
GEO 425  Urban GIS  (3)
GEO 430  Geographic Information Systems  (3)
GEO 435  Computer Mapping  (3)
CSC 150  Programming Fundamentals I  (3) 

Plus two classes (six hours) of electives selected from the following courses (at least one must be 300-level or higher):
CSC 160  Programming Fundamentals II  (3)
CSC 165  Introduction to Web Design  (3)
CSC 365  Scripting Languages  (3)
CIS 366   Introduction to Data Base  (3)
SSC 319  Statistics for the Social Sciences  (3)
GEO 497  Geography Internship  (3)

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  Minor in Social Sciences  21 hours

This minor encourages students to sample the offerings of several different program areas in the Social Sciences.  It makes a great second minor, too, if the student is so inclined.  Program areas that offer courses for this minor include Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Politics, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, and Social Sciences interdisciplinary courses.

  9 hours of lower level (100 or 200) courses, no more than 3 hours from any one area.
12 hours of upper level (300 or 400) courses, no more than 6 hours from any one area.

** Courses taken to satisfy a student's major(s) may not be used in the minor.
** A minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student's major(s).
 

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  Minor in Earth Science  21 hours

The courses offered in Earth Science may be selected by students wishing to major in Geography and by those working toward a Natural Science or Physical Science Field Endorsement to teach high school.  The minor is also helpful to students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.  The Earth Science minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student's major(s).

EAS 110  Introduction to Meteorology  (4)
EAS 120  Introduction to Geology  (4)
EAS 320  Rocks and Minerals  (3)
EAS 401  Astronomy  (4)
*Earth Science Electives  (6)

*Elective hours may be selected from Earth Science, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

  Click here for more information on the Earth Science program at WSC.

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  Minor in History  21 hours

The History Program Area offers courses designed to help the student understand something of human nature by examining the past.

 ** A minimum of 12 of the 21 hours must be upper level (300-400) courses..
** A minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student's major(s).
 

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A major in Geography is a highly marketable degree that today allows the student access to a wide variety of opportunities in teaching, private industry, and government service.  A small sample of potential paths for Geography majors:

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For More Information Please Contact:
Dr. Randy Bertolas
Department of History, Politics, and Geography
Wayne State College

1111 Main Street
Wayne, Nebraska 68787
1-402-375-7018 
raberto1@wsc.edu

 

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