Geography at South Carolina

While geography is an old discipline, going back at least to the classical era, we are on the cutting edge, becoming one of the leading centers for geographic information systems, satellite-based remote sensing and other 21st-century technology.

What to Expect

As a geography major, you will take courses in computer cartography, GIS and air photo interpretation/remote sensing. You will also have ample opportunities to study the Earth’s physical features and processes, and how this physical environment is modified by human activities. Students may choose to take courses that include the real-world collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geographic data to prepare you for careers in geography.

Geography undergraduate students may choose one of four tracks to focus on: physical/environmental geography, human/economic geography, geographic information science and general geography.

 

Undergraduate Degree

Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geography has a national and international reputation as one of the leading centers for geographic information systems and remote sensing instruction. The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. While some of the course requirements overlap, there are important differences in the university's general degree requirements for these degrees. 

B  B.A. with a major in geography 

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Please note that additional course requirements vary depending on the concentration you choose to pursue.

  • Landform Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • Peoples, Places and Environments
  • Seminar in Geography

B  B.S. with a major in geography 

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geography. Please note that additional course requirements vary depending on the concentration you choose to pursue.

  • Landform Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • Peoples, Places and Environments
  • Seminar in Geography

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

Home to the USC Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute and the South Carolina Center for Excellence in Geographic Education, the department of geography offers both a Master of Arts and Master of Sciences degree, and also a Ph.D.:

M  M.A. in Geography

Graduate Director: Jean Ellis, (803) 777-1593, jtellis@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Capers Stokes, 803-777-5235, stokesc@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

M  M.S. in Geography 

Graduate Director: Jean Ellis, (803) 777-1593, jtellis@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Capers Stokes, 803-777-5235, stokesc@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Geography

Graduate Director: Jean Ellis, (803) 777-1593, jtellis@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Capers Stokes, 803-777-5235, stokesc@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.