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Geography, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Geography prepares students to answer questions such as, why do some regions of the world enjoy peace and prosperity while others endure poverty and ravages of war? and how will climate change affect people and biodiversity in different places and at different times? Students will be gain a deeper understanding about the earth and how human activity directly affects natural resources. 

Students will take courses in a variety of areas in the field of geography, including:

  • Environmental geography 
  • Cultural/human geography 
  • Economic geography 
  • Physical geography 
  • Geographic Information Systems 

The online BMS degree with an area of concentration in Geography also provides students with the necessary knowledge to pursue an advanced degree. With the ability to customize the program, students can select classes that align with their educational and professional goals.

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 

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS): 

Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelors programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online 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.

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GEOG 1000Fundamentals of World Regional Geography3

Course Number: 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.

GEOG 1020Introduction to Human Geography3

Course Number: 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.

GEOG 1060Physical Geography: Climate and Waters4

Course Number: 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.

GEOG 1070Physical Geography: Soils and Landforms4

Course Number: 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

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GEOG 3130Economic Geography3

Course Number: 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 3510Meteorology3

Course Number: 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.

GEOG 3930Political Geography3

Course Number: 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.

GEOG 4120Urban Geography3

Course Number: 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.)

GEOG 4150Geography, Gender and Work3

Course Number: 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.)

GEOG 4550Geography of Economic Globalization3

Course Number: 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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $259.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $311.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $777.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $933.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $452.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $504.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1356.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1512.75

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