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The undergraduate major in geography can be pursued from two different perspectives. People seeking a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree take a core of eighteen hours in regional, physical, human, and statistical geography plus another fifteen hours of electives. People electing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) path have the option of three different foci: physical geography, geographic information science, and atmospheric science. These three each require solid backgrounds in mathematics and basic science.
At the graduate level the department offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Atmospheric Science. The M.A. is a thirty-hour degree that combines broad training in the field with a specialty. It also includes a thesis. The Ph.D. program offers student concentrations in the following areas: cultural-regional geography of Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Russia/Eurasia, and the United States; geographic information science (including cartography and remote sensing); and physical/environmental geography. The M.S. is a thirty-hour degree that expands the student's knowledge of fundamental atmospheric processes and how the atmosphere interacts with other parts of the environment. It also includes a thesis.