The Geography Department offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree, and a Master of Science degree. The BA and BS degrees prepare majors for one of two career paths, or for entrance into the MS Program. The BA degree acknowledges general competency in Geography for those seeking careers in either applied geography or environmental management. The GIScience minor is ideally suited for majors from many A&S departments, as well as from other Schools at UNM. These technologies are finding many practical applications in the social and physical sciences, engineering, health care, architecture and planning, and legal professions.

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Graduate Advisor
Maria Lane

Concentrations: a) environmental studies or b) geographic information sciences (GIS, GPS and remote sensing). A master’s degree is offered under both Plan I and Plan II as described in the earlier pages of this catalog. Any student planning to go on for a Ph.D. is strongly urged to take Plan I and write a thesis. A minor may be taken under either plan with the approval of the Geography Department’s Graduate Advisory Committee. In place of a minor, approved courses in related fields may be substituted.

A graduate student who elects to do a master’s degree in geography should have either an undergraduate degree in geography (or related field) or be prepared to make up deficiencies as determined by the Geography Department’s Graduate Advisory Committee. Students must select an advisor who will help them design their programs and guide them through their tenure in the department. All programs are subject to approval by the Graduate Advisory Committee. Students must earn grades of B (3.0 GPA) or better in all courses on their plan of study, including those at the undergraduate level. GRE scores are required for application to the M.S. program.

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