Geography-Anthropology

BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography-Anthropology emphasizes the integration of the two disciplines and the common interests in examining the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environments. The major is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students enrolled in the major may specialize in any one of three tracks in: (1) Sustainable Cultures and Communities; (2) Cultural and Natural Heritage Management; or (3) Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis.

Upon graduation, students find employment in fields that involve archaeology work, cultural resource management, historic preservation, heritage and conservation management, museum, curation and archival work, environmental and land use management, community development work, non-profit advocacy, city and regional public service, tourism and recreation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related careers in federal, state, local government, and private sector industries.

We focus on developing strong analytical, writing, oral and technical skills and prepare our students to enter the workforce or for future graduate work. Courses emphasize both conceptual and applied learning. Students engage in case studies, community-engaged and client-based projects, and intensive field and lab analysis.

Students have the opportunity to design, develop, research and communicate professional level projects with faculty mentors. As a result of data collection in the field or analysis in our specialized learning laboratories, students also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship through publications and conference presentations, and often receive assistantships and fellowships funded by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Maine Space Grant consortium.

The program of study beyond the basic requirements should be planned carefully, in close consultation with the student's program advisor, and should be approved by the latter. Such an arrangement allows for flexibility according to the student's interests while also providing close guidance and a control of educational quality by the Geography-Anthropology program.

Applied GIS & Geospatial Analysis for those interested in developing theoretical and conceptual knowledge, and analytical and technical skills in GIS, remote sensing and geospatial analysis and engaged in workforce fields in federal, state and local government, and private sector industries including construction, engineering, energy, environmental & land use planning, utilities & transportation, real estate development and surveying.

All students with majors or specific discipline minors in the social sciences must achieve at least six credits with grades of B or better in the requirements of those majors or minors. No grades of D will be counted toward fulfillment of the major or minor requirements. Except for Independent Studies, no required course may be repeated more than one time.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the University's minimum readiness requirements and the Core curriculum requirements.  Students are required to take MAT 120 for the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the Core.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for this track is 39 credits.

Students who specialize in Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis track must take:

Required (9 credits):

  • Either GEO 105 or ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change
  • GEO 103 Human-Environment Geography
  • GEO 207 Map History: Making Sense of the World

Methods (15 credits):

  • GEO 305/GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 408/GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications II
  • GEO 408/GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications II
  • GEO 340 Digital Mapping 

Topical Electives (Select courses from the following list to total at least 12 credits. Select at least three credits from each of the groups below and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level):

Group 1

  • BUS 275 Applied Business Analysis
  • BUS 345 Information Technology/Management Information Systems
  • BUS 377 Information Visualization
  • COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java (3 cr.) and COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • COS 246 Programming Topics
  • COS 375 Web Applications Development
  • COS 457 Database Systems
  • LOS 318/LAC 318 Database Management

Group 2

  • GEO 203 Urban & Regional Development
  • GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning OR GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities: Current Issues and Directions
  • GEO/ESP 285 Global Environmental Issues and Sustainability
  • GEO 481/GEO 581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
  • ANT 241/TAH 241 Tourism and Community Development
  • ANT 306 Analysis of Archaeological Materials
  • ANT 308/ANT 508 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANT 315/TAH 315/ANT 515 Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Practice
  • ANT 360/ANT 560 Public Archaeology

Capstone (3 credits minimum):

Any one of the following will count toward the capstone requirement:

  • GEO 438/GEO 538/GEO 638 Independent Study in GIS
  • GEO 448/GEO 648 GIS Internship
  • GYA 360 Field Mapping in the Island Environment: Data Collection to GIS
  • GYA 300 Archaeology Field School
  • GYA 400 Independent Study in Anthropology or Geography summer travel course, Study Abroad, or existing capstones.

Additionally, all geography-anthropology majors are required to demonstrate writing competence by completing either two research papers or one research paper and one research product (e.g., poster, media project) in the major with grades of C or better, from two different professors, at least one semester prior to graduation.

The maximum number of hours of internships, field experience, and/or independent studies that can be applied toward the major is nine hours. All students must meet with their advisors before registering for courses each semester.