Geography Degree

Explore and understand our world through a discipline that bridges the social and natural sciences.

Our Geography major and minor offer a strong foundation in geographic and spatial analysis principles, within the context of the humanities as well as social and physical sciences.


Locations & Learning Options

  • Parkville, MO
  • Online
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Waynesville, MO – Fort Leonard Wood
  • El Paso, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AF
  • Ogden, UT– Hill AFB
  • Grand Forks AFB (ND)
  • Whiteman AFB (MO)
  • Malmstrom AFB (
  • Parkville, MO
  • Online

B.S. MAJOR – 34-40 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

GGH 110 Cultural Geography …………….. 3 cr.

GGH 200 Geography of North America ………………… 3 cr.

GGP 115 Physical Geography ……………… 4 cr.

GGP 350 GIS I …………………………. 3 cr.

GO 125 Natural Disasters …………. 3 cr.

CORE TOTAL…………. 16 cr.

At least six courses designated as GGH, GGP or GO; three courses (9 credits) must be 300-level or above

TOTAL ……………………………………….. 34-40 cr.

Any of the minors offered by the university or successful completion of a second major.

*Only one course (3 credits) completed for the major requirements may also be counted as satisfying part of the minor requirements.

A capstone assessment is required to be completed during the first half of the final semester/term of coursework. The capstone assessment relates directly to the content of the program’s five core required courses and is designed to evaluate our graduating students’ abilities in regard to the program competencies. Students must contact the Geography Program Coordinator at the beginning of their final semester/term in order to make arrangements for completing this requirement.

The minor provides students interested in geography an opportunity to pursue their studies in the discipline. A variety of geography subjects are available and students may select courses in line with their specific academic and career goals.

A minimum of eighteen hours from any courses in Geography (GGH, GGP) can be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Scott A. Hageman

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Geology/GeoScience

Dr. Gregory D. Claycomb

Chair, Department of Natural & Physical Sciences
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Mr. David Fox

Instructor of Geography and Program Coordinator
Instructor of Geography

Dr. Ho-Seop Cha

Assistant Professor of Geography

Geography is much more than memorizing state capitals or learning to plot points on a map. Geography as an academic discipline studies the spatial dimensions of (and links between) culture, society and Earth’s environment. We consider it to be the original spatial science. Some geographers describe the field simply (yet appropriately) as the study of the “why of where” – not just the study of “where.”

Geography is the only discipline at Park University to span both the social and natural sciences. In this program, you’ll learn to explore and analyze the multitude of connections and relationships between virtually every place and space on Earth.


Because of the broad number of specialty areas, geography is a field that can lead to careers in almost every industry:

  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/Residential Surveyor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geographical Information Systems Officer
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Town Planner
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Program Highlights

This field is truly interdisciplinary by its very nature. It explores a wide spectrum of topics, so we designed our program to give you the flexibility to select coursework that best suits your interests.

Culture and context

As a Geography major at Park University, you’ll get a thorough foundation in geographic and spatial analysis principles. You’ll study cultural as well as physical geography, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – the technology of mapping and analyzing geographic data. This broad background is presented within a framework that bridges the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences.

In this program, we aim to help develop future leaders for society. Our graduates can understand and explain global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities, and between regions within countries.

Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society

Once you’ve completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) of coursework, taken a minimum of three Geography courses and have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall, you can join the Park University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographic Honor Society. The Society promotes Geography knowledge and awareness through meetings and various activities throughout the year.

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.