Geography Program

Required Courses for Secondary Education: Geography Majors and Minors Liberal Studies

Division I: Foundations of Communications

  • EN 111 College Composition (4 credits) or EN 109W Intensive College composition (5 credits).
And, one of the following:
  • EN 211 College Composition II (4 cr.)
  • EN 211A Writing and Literature (4 cr.)
  • EN 211B Narrative and Descriptive Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211D Technical and Report Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211E Critical Thinking and Writing (4 cr.)

Division II: Foundations of Humanities

  • *HS 105 World History (4 cr.) (WC)
  • And another course under the Division II requirements that is two credits or more.

Division III: Foundations of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • ** *GC 100 Physical Geography (4 cr.)
There is a required laboratory course for all NMU Bachelor’s degree programs. Take one of the following 100 level labs.
  • AS 103 Observational and Solar System Astronomy (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • AS 104 Stellar/Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • BI 100 Biological Science (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 105 Chemical Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 107 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 108 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 109 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 111 General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
  • PY 100L Psychology as a Natural Science with Laboratory (4 cr.) (3-0-2)

Division IV: Foundations of Social Sciences

Choose two of the following
  • ** *GC 164 Human Geography (4 cr.) or
  • ** *GC 360 Population Geography (4 cr.) or
  • *GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures (4 cr.) or
  • *HS 126 The United States to 1865 (4 cr.) or
  • *HS 127 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr.)

Division V: Communications Studies

  • Three credits of either a foreign language or computer science class is required

Division VI: Foundations of Visual and Preforming Arts

  • Three credits of an art, film, or theatre class is required

Health Promotion Credits

  • HP 200 Physical Well Being and
  • A HP activity course of your choosing most are 1 or 2 credits

*Being a student at NMU, you can “double dip” classes. By taking classes in this format, you satisfy this division, as well as credits towards your major

(WC)- Marks courses that fulfill the World Cultures requirement

PLEASE NOTE: At least three credits must be from an “upper level” (300 or 400) course.

For a full list of all courses that satisfy Liberal Studies requirements, please reference the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Also, a teachable minor is required


Other Require Courses for Secondary Education: Geography Majors

Please Note that the following courses listed are all the required courses for this major outside of the education courses. The mixture of classes that you will take outside of Liberal Studies will vary depending on which classes you take to fulfill Liberal Studies.

GC 100 Physical Geography (4 cr.)
GC 164 Human Geography (4 cr.)
One of the following (4 credits each)
  • GC 200 North America or
  • GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures
GC 205 Introduction to Geographic Research (4 cr.)
One of the following (4 credits each)
  • GC 220 Economic Geography or
  • GC 310 Urban Geography or
  • GC 316 Geography of Tourism or
  • GC 360 Population Geography
GC 225 Introduction to Maps (2 cr.)
GC 235 Quantitative Methods (4 cr.)
One of the following (4 credits each)
  • GC 335 Geographic Information Systems or
  • GC 337 Computer Cartography or
  • GC 425 Remote Sensing or
  • GC 428 Spatial Analysis
GC 489 Human Impact Upon the Environment (4 cr.)
HS 105 World History (4 cr.)
HS 126 The United States to 1865 (4 cr.)
HS 127 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr.)


Required Education Courses for Secondary Education Majors

ED 201 Introduction to Education 2
ED 231 Teaching for Learning in the Secondary Classroom 4
ED 301 Dimensions of American Education 2
ED 319 Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers 3
ED 349 Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice in the Secondary School Community 2
HS 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching Social Studies Education 4
ED 361 Special Education and the General Classroom Teacher 2
ED 483 Educational Media Technology 2
ED 430 Teaching in the Secondary School 11
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching 1


Other Required Courses for Secondary Education: Geography Minors

Please Note that the following courses listed are all the required courses for this minor outside of the education courses. The mixture of classes that you will take outside of Liberal Studies will vary depending on which classes you take to fulfill Liberal Studies

GC 100 Physical Geography (4 cr.)
GC 164 Human Geography (4 cr.)
GC 200 North America (4 cr.)
GC 220 Economic Geography (4 cr.)
GC 225 Introduction to Maps (2 cr.)
GC 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching Social Studies Education* (4 cr.)
GC 360 Population Geography (4 cr.)

*Not required if major is economics education, history education, political science education or social studies education.