Geography

B.A. MajorMinorTeaching Endorsement

Geography majors study how the world works, from Earth’s physical features to climate changes to cultural relationships between people and the land.

The geography program at Concordia provides opportunities for hands-on application of geospatial technologies. You will learn to use and map projects using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integration. You will have the opportunity to conduct and present original research and experience fieldwork and travel as part of your classes.

Professors

15:1
Student to faculty ratio

Geography Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Cartography Technician
  • GIS Support Analyst
  • Naturalist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Big Game Guide
  • Teacher

Graduate Schools

  • University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • University of Akron
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Geography Faculty

A Space for Science

Human Anatomy

Concordia has a dedicated gross anatomy lab to help you train for a vocation in the health sciences and forensic science by performing autopsies, analyzing findings, and communicating diagnostic conclusions.

Scene of the Crime

At 545 Grand Avenue, there is a crime scene house to aid your study of forensic science experiments, demonstrations, and training. It’s a chance to get real-world, hands-on training of what it means to investigate a crime.

On the Prairie

Concordia has a dedicated area of prairie for training and research in ecology and other biological sciences, giving you the opportunity to study native plants, animals, and insects in their natural environment.

Eyes on the Sky

The Osten Observatory at Concordia University houses a computer-controlled telescope with different eyepieces and filters that allow you to view and study the stars and planets.

Under the Microscope

A phase-contrast microscope and molecular modeling software let you work on a cellular level, performing quantum calculations and molecular modeling of proteins, DNA, nanomolecules, polymers, and liquids.

Medicine on a Mission
Medicine on a Mission

As a student at Concordia, you will have the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips and to places like Belize, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. You can work in medical clinics, host health fairs, and share your faith through ministry programs.

Present Your Findings
Present Your Findings

Each spring, Concordia hosts the Concordia University Research Symposium. The symposium gives you the opportunity to present your personal research or project in either oral or poster presentation format.

Learning to Soar
Learning to Soar

Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery Center is an organization that rehabilitates injured raptors. Students at Concordia can not only visit and tour the treatment center, but assist with educational programs, special events, or as part of the network that protects and restores raptors to their natural habitat.

Geography Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography
    3
    This course examines the many human and cultural aspects found throughout the world. It focuses on the spatial distribution and interrelationships of language, religion, geopolitics, population, urbanization, health and disease, migration, conservation, and economic development.
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    Gen ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 2

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    Geog 202 World Regional Geography
    3
    This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the major regions of the world with emphasis on the increasing interconnectedness of people and places due to the influence of globalization on world trade, travel, communication, culture, and the natural environment.
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    gen ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 3

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    Geog 281 Physical Geography and Geology
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. Introduction to the climactic and physical processes shaping the Earth’s crust and the interrelationship between humans and the natural environment. Students will learn through the interpretation of maps and remotely sensed imagery, laboratory activities, and a multi–day field trip.
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    Gen ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

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    Geog 361 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    3
    Lec. 1, Lab 2. This course provides in introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology through the use of ESRIs ArcGIS software. Students gain a working knowledge of GIS software and how it is used in various disciplines via laboratory exercises, lecture, guest speakers, and a class project.
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    gen ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 5

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    Geog 385 Introduction to GPS
    3
    Course provides students with an introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Students will learn the history of GPS, how the system operates, and how it can be used in a variety of disciplines and professions. Students conduct a variety of exercises and research projects utilizing GPS functionality and integrating it with GIS and other Internet-based mapping programs such as Google Earth.
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    gen ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 6

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    gen ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 7

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    Geog 490 Capstone Seminar
    3
    The capstone seminar provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their entire college experience. Students will develop and complete a project in conjunction with the course instructor or other approved mentor. Approved projects will require students to use skills, methodology and knowledge to address important issues, explore key arguments, and critique common practices germane to their academic discipline. Internships and fieldwork experiences may also be acceptable projects. The course will also prepare students for the transition from college to graduate/professional school.
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    gen ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 8

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    Geog 461 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    3
    A study of the functionality and application of geographic information systems technology that builds upon the skills learned in Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Students will learn spatial model building, geodatabase management, geo-referencing, and spatial data collection and analysis.
  •  
    gen ed 9 Credit Hours
    9