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Geography B.A./B.S.  Advisor: Steven Namikas(225) 578-6142 / snamik1@lsu.edu

Geography B.A.  with concentration in Environmental Studies  Advisor: Steve Namikas (225) 578-6142 / snamik1@lsu.edu

Geography B.A. with concentration in Geographic Information Science (GIS) Advisor:  Lei Wang (225) 578-8876 / leiwang@lsu.edu

Geography B.A. with concentration in Disaster Science and Management (DSM) Advisor:  Barry Keim (225) 578-6170 / keim@lsu.edu

Students majoring in geography may earn either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students interested in mapping sciences or physical geography typically enter the B.S. program, and those interested in human geography enter the B.A. program. To download the undergraduate brochure, click here.

Students may elect to modify the curriculum to fit specific needs, but this must be done in consultation with the departmental advisor. Special emphases are offered in mapping sciences, cultural and historical geography, economic and urban geography, Latin America, Eastern Asia, coastal and fluvial geomorphology, climatology and hydroclimatology.

Geography B.S.

Freshman Year

  • GEOG 1001 Human Geography: Americas and Europe (3)
  • GEOG 1003 Human Geography: Africa and Asia (3)

Sophomore Year

  • GEOG 2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere (3)
  • GEOG 2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms (3)
  • GEOG 2055 Map Reading (3)

Junior Year
Select three or four:

  • GEOG 2039 Cartographic Drafting and Graphic Presentation (3)
  • GEOG 4019 Aerial Photo Interpretation of Cultural Features (3)
  • GEOG 4020 Aerial Photo Interpretation and Image Processing  (3)
  • GEOG 4041 Field Methods in Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4044 Computer Cartography (3)
  • GEOG 4045 Environmental Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOG 4047 Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • GEOG 4048 Methods of Spatial Analysis (3)

Senior Year
Select three or four:

  • GEOG 4013 Meteorology (3)
  • GEOG 4014 Climatology (3)
  • GEOG 4015 Physical Climatology (3)
  • GEOG 4016 Methods of Climatological Analysis (3)
  • GEOG 4017 World Climates (3)
  • GEOG 4018 Geographical Hydrology (3)
  • GEOG 4021 Alluvial Morphology (3)
  • GEOG 4022 Geomorphology (3)
  • GEOG 4024 Coastal Morphodynamics (3)
  • GEOG 4029 Coastal Resources and Management (3)
  • GEOG 4070 Environmental Conservation (3)
  • GEOG 4082 Biogeography (3)
  • GEOG 4083 Quaternary Paleoecology (3)
  • GEOG 4085 Tropical and Subtropical Biogeography (3)

 

Geography B.A.

Freshman Year

  • GEOG 1001 Human Geography: Americas and Europe (3)
  • GEOG 1003 Human Geography: Africa and Asia (3)

Sophomore Year

  • GEOG 2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere (3)]/li>
  • GEOG 2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms (3)
  • GEOG 2055 Map Reading (3)
  • GEOG 2010 Human Geography (3)

Junior Year
Select one:

  • GEOG 2039 Cartographic Drafting and Graphic Presentation (3)
  • GEOG 4019 Aerial Photo Interpretation of Cultural Features (3)
  • GEOG 4020 Aerial Photo Interpretation and Image Processing (3)
  • GEOG 4041 Field Methods in Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4044 Computer Cartography (3)
  • GEOG 4045 Environmental Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOG 4047 Geographic Information Systems (3)

Select one:

  • ANTH 4051 Africa (3)
  • GEOG 3001 Geography of Louisiana (3)
  • GEOG 4000 Modern India: Society and Culture (3)
  • GEOG 4002 South Asian Society, Polity and Culture (3)
  • GEOG 4031 Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
  • GEOG 4035 Geographical Survey of East Asia (3)
  • GEOG 4050 Historical Geography of the South (3)
  • GEOG 4052 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
  • Other approved regional course

Senior Year
Select two:

  • GEOG 4012 Elements of Cultural Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4060 Political Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4073 Urban Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4077 Economic Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4078 Environment and Development (3)
  • GEOG 4080 Historical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4087 Gender, Place and Culture (3)
  • GEOG 4090 The History of Geography (3)
  • Other approved systematic geography course

Select one:

  • Approved upper division (3000+level) geography electives (3)

Anthropology

Anthropology B.A. Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders

(225) 578-6562 / rsaunde@lsu.edu

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is offered in anthropology. Because it is a broad study of mankind, students majoring in anthropology are urged to take courses in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Aerial photography African diaspora archeology atmosphere climate change climate variability climatology coastal morphology conservation crime cultural anthropology disaster science economic geography Ethnohistory extreme events
Forensic anthropology GIS Historical archeology historical geography human geography hurricanes hydrology identity material culture Maya meteorology osteology physical geography place and culture political ecology political geography public health quantitative methods religion remote sensing social theory spatial analysis spatial modeling tropical cyclones urban geography.

Freshman Year

  • ANTH 1001 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory (3)
  • ANTH 1003 Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology (3)

Sophomore Year

  • ANTH 2015 Introduction to Archaeology (3) or
  • ANTH 2051 Introduction to World Ethnography (3) or
  • ANTH 3060 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics (3) or
  • ANTH 4040 Physical Anthropology (3)

Junior Year
Select two:

  • ANTH 2015 Introduction to Archaeology (3) or
  • ANTH 2051 Introduction to World Ethnography (3) or
  • ANTH 3060 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics (3) or
  • ANTH 4040 Physical Anthropology (3)

Senior Year (30 Sem. Hrs.)

  • Approved anthropology electives (6)

Minor in Geography

Requirements for a minor in geography are one course selected from GEOG 1001 or GEOG 1003; GEOG 2050 and GEOG 2051; one course selected from GEOG 2039, GEOG 4020, GEOG 4041 and GEOG 4045; and two additional 4000 level geography courses.

The minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides students with training in critical GIS skills in acquiring, managing, analyzing, and presenting spatial data and prepares them for an ever expanding GIS job market in the public, not-for-profit, or private sectors.

To graduate with a minor in GIS, students must complete 15 hours of course work. Prerequisites may extend the hours beyond 15.

Required core courses (9 hrs): GEOG 4045, GEOG 4047, GEOG 4048; Selecting from (6 hrs): GEOG 2039, GEOG 2055, GEOG 4019 or GEOG 4020, GEOG 4042, GEOG 4044, GEOG 4046, GEOG 4049; ENVS 4145, ENVS 4149 or any courses approved by the program director.

Minor in Anthropology

Requirements for a minor in anthropology are ANTH 1001, ANTH 1003.
Nine hours to be taken from the following three groups with no more than six hours total from any one group:

  • Group 1 (method and laboratory) – ANTH 2016, ANTH 3401, 4006, ANTH 4010, ANTH 4020, ANTH 4021, ANTH 4083, ANTH 4090;
  • Group 2 (area) – ANTH 2050, ANTH 3004, ANTH 3015, ANTH 4003, ANTH 4004, ANTH 4015, ANTH 4016, ANTH 4017, ANTH 4023, ANTH 4050, ANTH 4051, ANTH 4053, ANTH 4470, ANTH 4475;
  • And Group 3 (topical) – ANTH 2015, ANTH 2051, ANTH 2423, ANTH 3060, ANTH 4013, ANTH 4018, ANTH 4031, ANTH 4040, ANTH 4060, ANTH 4064, ANTH 4074, ANTH 4081, ANTH 4082, ANTH 4085, ANTH 4086, ANTH 4440.

In addition, ANTH 3909, ANTH 4909, ANTH 4998, and ANTH 4999 may be included in the nine hours. Placement of these courses in the above groups depends on the topic and must be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis.

Minor in Geographic Information Systems

The minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides students with training in critical GIS skills in acquiring, managing, analyzing, and presenting spatial data and prepares them for an ever expanding GIS job market in the public, not-for-profit, or private sectors.

To graduate with a minor in GIS, students must complete 15 hours of course work. Prerequisites may extend the hours beyond 15.

Required core courses (9 hours): GEOG 4045GEOG 4047GEOG 4048; Selecting from (6 hours): GEOG 2039GEOG 2055GEOG 4019 or GEOG 4020GEOG 4042GEOG 4044GEOG 4046ENVS 4145ENVS 4149 or any courses approved by the program director.

For More Information

For more details, please refer to Department of Geography and Anthropology portion of the LSU General Catalog, located within the College of Arts and Sciences. For specific classes and times, please see the LSU Schedule of Classes Booklet.

Please Note

Although the department does have undergraduate advisors for both geography and anthropology, students are invited to speak to any faculty member involving classes and specialties.