Information for Undergraduate Students

 

Current Courses & Sample Syllabi Undergraduate Advisor & Advising Schedule
Geography Major/Minor Requirements Minor in International & Global Studies
Study Abroad and the Geography Program Declare Your Geography Major or Minor 
Cartography/GIS Certificate International Geographic Perspectives Certificate
SAS Office of Academic Services: FORMS Internships
Rutgers Undergraduate Geography Society (RUGS)  
 
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Geography is about understanding Planet Earth and the relationships humans have with the environment.

Rutgers Geography provides a broad, place-centered perspective on the transformation of environments by society and nature at a variety of scales, from the local to the global. Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is a base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues, or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management.

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“I love the geography department because it’s kind of intimate, it’s smaller, and you really get to know the professors.”

“There’s something so great about learning about other places and how people live in other places. I think that is so important, and it changes the way you view the world.”

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Geography Faculty Directiory

The faculty have diverse research interests in addition to their teaching responsibilities. These interests largely focus on natural and human-forced changes in atmospheric, hydrological and ecological systems, as well as related topics in hazards, urban, economic and gender geography, especially those connected with the theme of globalization.

 

 


Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Program Director: Professor Asa. K. Rennermalm
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B214
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Program advisor: Paul O'Keefe (primary contact Study Abroad students, and Study Abroad course assessments)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B240
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Program advisor: Carrie Mott
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B246
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Office hours: Office hour scheduling website is here.
By arrangement outside of fall and spring semesters.

Contact Professor Rennermalm, O'Keefe, or Mott if you want to learn more about the Geography major, minor, certificate programs, and the minors in International and Global Studies and Environmental Studies. Current majors and minors are also welcome to contact Professor Rennermalm, O'Keefe, or Mott to discuss your progress and plans, including Study Abroad and Internships.


Students in the Geographic Techniques track learn
technical skills directly applicable to the workplace.

 The Rutgers catalog is the final authority regarding courses and academic requirements

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Geography Major

A minimum of 36 credits are needed to complete the program. The program has five requirements:

1) Survey Courses: A total of 9 credits from (450:101, 450:102, 450:103)

2) Methods Course: A total of 3 credits from (450:330)

3) Theory Course: A total of 3 credits from (450:470)

4) Tracks: A total of 18 credits, which must include 12 credits from one of three tracks and 3 credits from each of the other two tracks. The tracks are:

(a) Global Culture, Economics and Society (450:205, 222, 240, 262, 309, 331, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 341, 342, 361, 363, 405).

(b) Environment (450: 211, 212, 213, 214, 306, 311, 313, 331, 360, 370, 404, 413, 414, 417).

(c) Geographical Techniques (450:208, 320, 321, 322, 355, 356, 421, 487, 488).

5) Elective Course: A total of 3 credits of any Geography course at 200 level or higher.

How do I know which track to select? See a description of what you will learn in each track here.

Depending on the content of the course, the following may be applied to any track at the discretion of the undergraduate director: 450:270, 271, 272, 485, 486, 491, 492, 495, and 496.

The following conditions apply to the program: 1) no more than 3 credits at the 100 or 200 level courses may be used to satisfy the Track requirements (#4), and 2) no more than one course with a D grade may be used in the major.

Geography Minor       

Six courses (18 credits) are required for the minor in geography. This includes two of the following three courses: 450:101, 102, and 103, and four other courses, at least three from one track and one from a remaining track.

The tracks are:

(a) Global Culture, Economics and Society (450:205, 222, 240, 262, 309, 331, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 341, 342, 361, 363, 405).

(b) Environment (450: 211, 212, 213, 214, 306, 311, 313, 331, 360, 370, 404, 413, 414, 417).

(c) Geographical Techniques (450:208, 320, 321, 322, 355, 356, 421, 487, 488).

How do I know which track to select? See a description of what you will learn in each track here.

Depending on the content of the course, the following may be applied to any track at the discretion of the undergraduate director: 450:270, 271, 272, 485, 486, 491, 492, 495, and 496.

The following conditions apply to the program: 1) no more than 3 credits at the 100 or 200 level courses may be used to satisfy the Track requirements (#4), and 2) no more than one course with a D grade may be used in the major.



Study Abroad and Geography
Students should contact the Geography undergraduate program director to discuss how they can combine the Rutgers Study Abroad program with the Geography program. For example, the Economic Geography course at CIEE: Buenos Aires Liberal Arts is pre-approved as a substitute for Rutgers 01:450:309. Many study abroad courses can be used towards the Geography program requirements but must be approved by one of the program advisors.

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The Geography Department currently has three courses in which students can arrange to get Civic Engagement & Service Education Partnerships Program (CESEP) credit: GIS; Advanced GIS; and Advanced Cartography.

Certificate Programs

The Department of Geography offers two certificate programs, one in cartography/gis and one in international geographic perspectives. All students, regardless of major, are eligible to participate in a certificate program but certificates are awarded only with, or subsequent to, the awarding of a baccalaureate degree in an approved major. Details of the two geography certificate programs are noted below.

It is the responsibility of the student to inform the department in writing if they intend to graduate with a certificate in addition to their baccalaureate degree. This notification must be sent by letter or email to either the Department Secretary or the Undergraduate Director no later than the beginning of the senior year.

Cartography/GIS Certificate
A minimum of 18 credits is required for the Cartography/GIS Certificate.  Students must complete 450:320, 321, 322, 355, 356, and one of the following: 421 or 488 with a B or better for each course.

Certificate in International Geographic Perspectives
A minimum of 24 credits is required for the Certificate in International Geographic Perspectives.  Core courses totaling 15 credits are required: 450:102, 103, 205, 262, and 405. A regional core is also required, with a choice of one (1) selected from: 450:332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 341, or 342. The final six (6) credits may be taken as electives selected from: 450:211, 222, 240, 309, 311, 361, 363, 491 and 492.

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The Internship Program

Undergraduate students interested in internships should join the "Geography Internship" Sakai site to identify internships of interest and to find additional instructions.

How to join the Sakai site:Log on Sakai --> My Workspace --> Membership.  Search for "Geography Internship".

All students wishing to register for an internship must obtain a special permission number in person from the Department Secretary.

Students may register for 1, 2 or 3 credits per internship. A 3-credit internship involves approximately 112 hours of work, based on 8 hours/week for a 14-week semester. The organization offering the internship can be either public or private. In either case, students who receive academic credit for their internship cannot be paid.

All interns must submit a 2-3 page report on their duties and activities during the semester to the Internship Director. Additionally, intern supervisors submit a confidential evaluation of the work of their intern(s) with a recommended letter grade.

Undergraduate Honors and Awards

Departmental Honors Program
Departmental honors are awarded to students who achieve (1) a GPA of 3.50 or higher within the major following the penultimate semester prior to graduation, or (2) a GPA lower than 3.50 within the major following the penultimate semester prior to graduation, but with an approved and completed honors thesis.

Highest honors are awarded to students who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher within the major following the penultimate semester, and an approved honors thesis.

The honors thesis is produced under the supervision of a department faculty member. Choice of faculty supervisor will be made by the student. One additional faculty reader of the thesis is required. Thesis research and writing fulfills the requirements of honors courses 450:495 and 496 (one 3-credit honors course per semester).The student will be invited to give a presentation of their work and be prepared to respond to questions and requests for revisions from the faculty supervisor and reader.

Andrew Hill Clark Prize –The most outstanding graduating senior is eligible to receive the Andrew Hill Clark Prize in Geography.

MaGrann Research Award - Intended to promote student field research in the Department of Geography.


 Rutgers Undergraduate Geography Society (R.U.G.S.)

R.U.G.S. is a student-run organization formed to promote geographic awareness among undergraduates throughout the University. R.U.G.S. sponsors activities that encourage an enjoyable learning atmosphere. Students explore the relationship between the unique characteristics of people, societies, and the physical environment to better understand the new directions our world is taking.
Scheduled meetings offer information concerning careers, internships, graduate schools, regional and national conferences, as well as presentations by guest speakers.
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RUGeography/
Webpage: https://rutgers.collegiatelink.net/organization/RUGS

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