2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Accelerated Masters: Geography & Sustainability

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The Geography and Sustainbility M.A. is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that offers graduate students excellent opportunities to develop professional skills in spatial analysis, geography, and sustainability. 

Students obtaining an M.A. may select either a thesis or a non-thesis  option plan upon entering the graduate program. All students in the program are required to submit a thesis or its equivalent as one requirement for the degree, linked to one of two research requirement options (6 credits). Along with research work students will complete a minimum of 33 credit hours which can include a minor outside of the department. One-half of the credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 600 and above.

Core Courses (9 Credits)

Courses in the core will be selected in consultation with student’s advisor.

  • ENVI 611 - Research Design 3 credits


  • ENVI 588 - Geoscience Research Methods 3 credits

  • GEOG 612 - Development of Geographic Thought 3 credits

  • ENVI 645 - Advanced Spatial Analysis and Quantitative Methods 3 credits


  • GEOG 665 - Remote Sensing/GIS: Computer-Assisted Techniques 3 credits


  • ENVI 550 - Environmental Modeling and Mapping 3 credits

Seminar (3 Credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • ENVI 733 - Seminar in Earth and Environmental Systems 3 credits
  • GEOG 632 - Seminar in Global Studies 3 credits
  • GEOG 711 - Seminar in Geography and Sustainability 3 credits

Research Requirement (6 Credits)

Graduate students completing a thesis are required to take a minimum of 6 credits of GEOG 699. Graduate students completing the non-thesis option must complete 6 credits of GEOG 629.

  • GEOG 629 - Individual Research in Geography and Sustainability 1-6 credits


  • GEOG 699 - Master’s Thesis 6 credits

Directed Electives (15 Credits)

15 credits of directed electives in GEOG, ENVI, GEOL, or allied disciplines (to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor).

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