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2014-2015 General Catalog 
2014-2015 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Geography & Anthropology

OFFICE 227 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
TELEPHONE 225-578-5942
FAX 225-578-4420
WEBSITE www.ga.lsu.edu
E-MAIL gachair@lsu.edu

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  • Anthropology
  • Geography, B.A.
  • Geography, B.S.


Students majoring in geography may earn either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students interested in physical geography normally enter the Bachelor of Science program, and those interested in human geography enter the Bachelor of Arts program.

All requirements specified by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences for these respective degrees must be fulfilled. Candidates for the bachelor’s degree with a major in geography must complete a curriculum of 33 semester hours for the Bachelor of Arts and 36 semester hours for the Bachelor of Science. Both consist of 15 hours of core courses (GEOG 1001 , GEOG 1003 , GEOG 2050 , GEOG 2051 , and GEOG 2055 ). For the Bachelor of Arts, nine hours of mapping sciences and nine hours in human geography (six hours systematic and three hours regional) are required, or for the Bachelor of Science, nine to 12 hours of mapping sciences and nine to 12 hours of physical geography are required.

Students may elect to modify the curriculum to fit specific needs, but this must be done in consultation with the departmental advisor. Special emphases are offered in mapping sciences, cultural and historical geography, economic and urban geography, Latin America, Asia, coastal and fluvial geomorphology, and climatology.

Students majoring in geography must pay a field service fee of $20 per semester for undergraduates and $25 per semester for graduates. Students not majoring in geography or anthropology who schedule courses requiring field service will be assessed a pro rata part of the transportation costs, as determined by the department chair.

GEOG 4999  is an honors course.


A Bachelor of Arts is offered in anthropology. Because it is a broad study of peoples, students majoring in anthropology are urged to take courses in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Departmental course requirements are few. Students must complete ANTH 1001  and ANTH 1003  and at least three courses from the following: ANTH 2015 , ANTH 2051 , ANTH 3060 , ANTH 4040 . A minimum of 24 semester hours in anthropology is required. Courses in archaeology, cultural anthropology, folklore, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics are available.

Through consultation with their departmental counselor, students design a specific program to fit their needs.

Because anthropology is a field science, students participate in numerous field trips. To help defray expenses, a field service fee of $20 per semester is charged to undergraduate majors and $25 per semester for graduate majors. Non-majors participating in field trip courses will be assessed a fee on a pro rata basis.