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Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sThis online bachelor of general studies degree in geography offers students the opportunity to take courses in a variety of areas including:

  • Environmental geography
  • Cultural/human geography
  • Economic geography
  • Physical geography

Depending on their coursework, students may pursue careers in:

  • Environmental regulation
  • Travel and tourism
  • Transportation
  • Real estate
  • Demography
  • Cartography
  • Planning or research
  • Education
  • Utilities
  • Government administration

Graduates will also have the necessary knowledge to pursue an advanced degree, if desired.

Maximize Prior Learning

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The online Bachelor of General Studies degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Special Note

The required Public Speaking course is a hybrid online and face-to-face course. Students may transfer in an equivalent course.

For Military Students

  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
  • Scholarships just for active duty military, veterans, and military spouses
  • Policies and programs that support military during times of deployment, PCS, or demanding work schedules
  • Ranked 2nd nationwide for military and veteran student support, according to Military Times magazine
  • Access to the Office of Military and Veteran Services, a one-stop student support office and advocate for any current or prospective UNO students that have a military affiliation


Special Note

The required Public Speaking course is a hybrid online and face-to-face course. Students may transfer in an equivalent course.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$257.25$25.00$11.00$4.00$297.25
3 credit hour$771.75$75.00$33.00$12.00$891.75


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$335.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$375.00
3 credit hour$1,005.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,125.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree, students are required to:
  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration or six hours from UNO in two of your areas of emphasis
  • Maintain a minimum University of Nebraska system 2.00 grade point average

Requirements and information regarding transferring credits to the BGS Degree:

  • Students may earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences.  Official transcripts will be required (i.e. Joint Services Transcript (JST), American Council on Education (ACE) transcript).
    • A maximum of 64 semester credit hours may be transferred from a two-year/junior or community college.  The number is unlimited from a four-year college or university.  All institutions must be regionally accredited.
    • Only courses with a grade of "C-" or better will be accepted for transfer from a regionally accredited two- and four-year college or university.  All grades from a University of Nebraska campus will be included.
    • All credit hours transferable are converted to semester credit hours.
    • Grades earned at another institution do not become a part of the student's UNO cumulative grade point average, unless earned at another University of Nebraska campus:
      • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL)
      • University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK)
      • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)


For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab. 

BGS General Requirements

English composition and writing 9 cr 
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent 3 cr
Public speaking 3 cr
 Natural & physical sciences
(7 hours from two disciplines, one course with a lab)
7 cr
Humanities & fine arts 9 cr
Social & behavioral sciences 9 cr
Cultural diversity Cultural diversity requirements include 3 credit hours U.S. diversity and 3 hours global diversity. Cultural Diversity courses are usually taken as part of the social sciences or humanities requirements or as part of the concentration.
Area of Concentration

Geography Option Requirements: GEOG 1000 or 1020, 1060 and 1070

Geography Option Electives: Choose one from GEOG 3510 or 4120; choose two from GEOG 3130, 3930, 4120, 4150 and 4550

30 cr

Secondary field 1

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 cr
Secondary field 2

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 cr
BGS Electives 25 cr


 Download a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements.

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

GEOG 1000

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the basic concepts of geography and to examine the interrelationships between people and their environments.

Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 1020

An introductory course which studies the geography of human activity through a topic by topic coverage of cultural traits and complexes that characterize different societies in the world. Major cultural topics of focus are the geography of population,agricultural systems, settlement, language, religion, political patterns, and man’s ways of occupying urban and industrial space, among others.

Physical Geography: Climate and Waters

GEOG 1060

Position of the earth, the weather, climate, waters and natural vegetation are important factors in man’s physical environment. These environmental factors are presented in terms of originating processes, spatial distribution and interaction among them, and their effects upon man’s habitat. Construction of maps related to weather elements, stream flow and water budgets form a part of the exercises in the laboratory. The course offers a more thorough treatment of the principles of physical geography for the beginning student. Not recommended to students who have had GEOG 1030.

Physical Geography: Soils and Landforms

GEOG 1070

An examination of the role of soils and landforms in man’s natural habitat. Aspects of origin, form native processes, area distribution and the impact upon man’s physical environment are stressed. Case studies from the American Midwest and other regions are also included. Construction of maps related to soil and landform types form a part of the exercises in the laboratory. The course offers a more thorough treatment of the principles of physical geography for the beginning student. Not recommended to students who have had GEOG 1030.

Elective Courses

Economic Geography

GEOG 3130

An introduction to the basic concepts and approaches in contemporary economic geography. The course examines the core economic activities from a geographical perspective, the historical development of the world economy, and the geographical effects of economic globalization. Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with ECON 3130.)


GEOG 3510

A course designed to acquaint the student with the atmospheric environment. The course deals with atmospheric processes, their relationship and variation in both time and space, and their effect on the overall environment of the earth. Prereq: Junior or senior. Recommended: GEOG 1030 or 1060 or AVN 1050.

Political Geography

GEOG 3930

An introduction to the basic concepts and approaches in contemporary political geography at the global, national and local scales. Core topics to be examined include geopolitics, imperialism, war and peace, global ecopolitics, states, nationalism and electoral geography. Prereq: Junior.

Urban Geography

GEOG 4120

A geography of the city from the viewpoint of history, site and situation, external relations, internal relations and the comparative study of cities. (Cross-listed with GEOG 8126.)

Geography, Gender and Work

GEOG 4150

This is an advanced undergraduate and graduate level seminar which focuses on the linkages among geography, gender and work. The course considers theoretical and methodological issues in addition to empirical perspectives. We begin by considering the nature of space, of gender, and of work, and progress through topics including the gendering of work and the geography of occupational segregation. Emphasis is placed on discussion, critical reading, and writing skills. Prereq: Junior, senior, or graduate standing in a social science, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with WMST 4150, GEOG 8156,WMST 8156.)

Geography of Economic Globalization

GEOG 4550

A study of the geography of economic globalization and the geography of the world economy. The major topics include the historical development of the world economy and globalization from the geographical perspective, trends in geography of global production, trade and investment, the most important factors and actors in the globalization processes and its geographic effects, geography of transnational corporations, case studies of economic geography of selected industries and service activities, effects of globalization on the developed and developing countries. Prereq: An introductory level human geography course: GEOG 1020 or GEOG 1000.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED


Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

You may also be required to complete the online scholarship application in order to be considered for UNO scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Sessions June 1

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term.


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Phone: 888.622.0332

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Phone: 402.554.2370

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Phone: 402.554.2349


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