Geography Pre-major

Department Chair: Chad Landrie, 847-376-7439, clandrie@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Geography after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chairperson. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. Alternative General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Regional Geography 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
Select one of the following: 4
General Education Mathematics  
Elementary Statistics  
Calculus For Business And Social Science  
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction To Literature  
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
Modern Language course (2021 or higher) 3
 
 Hours16-17
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Regional Geography 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
Select one Science course with lab: 4
One science course must be from the Life Sciences (LS) and one science course must be from the Physical Sciences (PS)
 
Introduction to Life Science (LS)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (LS) 1  
Introductory Chemistry (PS)  
Introduction to Earth Science (PS)  
Physical Geology (PS)  
Historical Geology (PS)  
College Physics I (PS)  
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Semester One
Select one Science course without lab: 3
One science course must be from the Life Sciences (LS) and one science course must be from the Physical Sciences (PS)
 
Plants and Society (LS)  
Introduction To Weather And Climate (PS)  
Physical Geography (PS)  
A Survey Of Oceanography (PS)  
Environmental Geology (PS)  
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course (select a discipline not taken previously) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 1  
Contemporary Culture and the Arts  
Women and Creativity 2  
Global Cinema 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
Music Literature And History  
Select one Geography course not taken previously (EAS 190 recommended) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Native American Literature 4  
Women In American History  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 2  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 2  
or other Global Studies course
 
 Hours15
Semester Two
Select one of the following: 3-4
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 1  
Contemporary Culture and the Arts  
Women and Creativity 2  
Global Cinema 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
Music Literature And History  
Introduction To Literature  
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
Modern Language course (2021 or higher) 3
 
Select three elective IAI approved courses 9
Select one Geography course not taken previously (EAS 191 recommended) 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours62-64

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.