Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Geography Sample Online Curriculum

This sample course of study is based on the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. It is not an official advising document. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

This degree program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. If you already have college credits, you may be able to transfer them to ODU and satisfy many of the lower division course requirements.

Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply to ODU. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division General Education and Departmental Requirements

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
ENGL 110C English Composition3Satisfies GEN ED Written Communication
GEN ED. (DEPT) Written Communication Skills3ENGL 211C or 221C
GEN ED. Literature3
GEN ED. Oral Communication Skills3
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Mathematical Skills3For the B.S. degree, take STAT 130M
GEN ED. Language and Culture*0-12
GEN ED. Human Creativity3
GEN ED. Interpreting the Past3
GEN ED. Human Behavior3Cannot be GEOG 100S/101S
GEN ED. Philosophy and Ethics3
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4OEAS 106N, 108N, 111N, or 112N is recommended for one of the two Nature of Science courses.
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. Impact of Technology3Any ODU "T" course

* For the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must have language competence through the 202 level. You may receive credit for prior coursework in high school or college, or through demonstrated competence.

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Major Courses

Some course requirements are different depending on whether you pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Elective courses allow you to focus on a particular area within the major.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
GEOG 100S Cultural Geography3
GEOG 101S Environmental Geography3
GEOG 300 Maps and Geographic Information3
GEOG 308 Research Design3Satisfies the GEN. ED. Information Literacy/Research Skills requirement
Three GEOG 300-400 electives9
B.S. only - GEOG 418 Quantitative Methods3GEOG 402 and 404 may substitute for GEOG 418
B.A. only - one additional GEOG 300-400 elective3
Three GEOG 400-level electives9
One writing-intensive elective geography course3Choose from: GEOG 400W, 422W, 454W, or 480W


Upper-Division General Education Requirement

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor (12 credit hours)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two upper division courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters, or two upper division courses not required by the major from the Arts and Humanities Component. (6 credit hours)


View this program in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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