Geography Advising FAQs
Listed below are several questions frequently asked about the undergraduate program and degree requirements. Look though these and take the appropriate steps. Some issues you will be able to solve on your own, and others will require you to communicate with someone to resolve the issue. Click here to make an appointment with Leslie McLees, the Undergraduate Advisor.
1. How do I declare a Geography major, minor, or track? This process can be done completely online. Go to the Undergraduate Page and scroll to the bottom. You will find a link to a pdf to add, drop or make changes to your geography major. Fill this out, scan and email back to the undergraduate advisor, as indicated on the instructions. Make sure you complete the entire form. If you are declaring the major, declare your track in the appropriate space. If you are still undecided on your track, you can leave it blank, but be sure to complete this form again once you have decided. You can also use this form to drop another major.
2. I just declared my major or minor as geography. What should I do? It is always a safe bet to schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor to ensure that your requirements are being met. Definitely have a look at the Geography Major checklist (which also has information for minors), a.k.a. the “Green Sheet,” which can be found at the bottom of the Undergraduate Page.
3. How can I change my track? To change your track, go to the Undergraduate Page and scroll to the bottom. You will find a link to a pdf to add, drop or make changes to your geography major. Fill this out, scan and email back to the undergraduate advisor, as indicated on the instructions.
4. Can I do a double track? Several of our majors do chose to complete more than one track, especially if they are looking for more depth in a different area and have the opportunity to take more credits. Follow the same process of changing your track above, but instead just indicate that you are adding a track. While your first track must conform to the rules of type of degree (BS or BS) and track (see the green sheet), your second track does not have to. You can get a BS with a GIScience track, but if you chose a second track, it can be a Culture, Politics and Place track.
5. I took a Geography course that was supposed to count for a specific requirement, but it isn’t showing up on my degree audit as fulfilling that requirement. What do I do? This is probably the most common question in advising. Many courses, such as 410, 490 and more are offered as different courses each term. As such, we can’t assign them permanent codes that tell the registrar where to put them in your degree audit. To fix this, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: your name, 95#, the course in question and where you want it to count. The Undergraduate Advisor will confirm that the course can be put there and will email the registrar.
6. My transfer courses aren’t falling into the right place in my degree audit. What can I do? If the courses in question are geography courses, send the syllabuses to the Undergraduate Advisor (email@example.com) with your name and 95# and a request that these count as transfer credit. You may be asked to schedule an appointment to talk about it. There is no guarantee that the courses will eventually count, but the Advisor will look through them and consider, with faculty input, if and how the course might count towards your geography degree. If the courses in question are outside geography and you want them to count for gen-ed requirements, you must go through the registrar to petition for them to count. Go to the Transfer Articulation website of the registrar for more information.
7. Can an internship or research credits count towards any of the Geography major requirements? Yes they can generally count towards a track requirement. However, in order to do so, you must work closely with your supervisor and communicate with the Undergraduate Advisor to create a project that will provide an experience that will fit within one of your track credits. Also keep in mind that generally you will receive 1 credit for every 3 hours worked, and you still need 12 total credits in your track to fulfill the requirement. You do have the option of splitting it up over a number of terms to fulfill the four credit requirement.
8. How do I get my study abroad credits to count towards my geography degree? Generally you should have worked through the study abroad office prior to your trip, so you will have some idea of what will count. Usually the study abroad office and the registrar have a system that automatically asks for approval from departments, which is granted by the Undergraduate Advisor with faculty input. If any classes fall through the cracks, make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor to talk through potential ways to handle the course(s). Any other questions? Either make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor or email at firstname.lastname@example.org