Bachelor of Arts in Geography

The Geography Department was established in 1977, and it continually changes its curriculum to meet the ever-changing market demands. Its foci of research activities include, but are not exclusive to the geography of UAE and the Arab world, urbanization and transportation, population growth, globalization, global climate change, resource management, water resources, agricultural and manufacturing activities, the geography of crime and health services, spatial and analytical techniques necessary to understand them and using the new tools of geography, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems. The Department in cooperation with other Departments within the University had started in 2005 the Master Program of Remote Sensing and GIS. The growing significance of Geography in the UAE was recognized on January 4, 2010, with the formation of the UAE Geographical Society. As the only tertiary institution in the UAE offering geography degrees, our Department has taken a leading role in promoting the discipline, with several faculty elected to offices in the society.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with the theoretical and practical foundation (knowledge) in physical and human geography, geospatial science (Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing), and urban planning.
  • To equip students with critical thinking and geospatial technical skills.
  • To prepare students for conducting quantitative and qualitative researches and embedding ethics in social and environmental problems.
  • To produce multidisciplinary graduates who can contribute to the development of UAE in particular and the world in general.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss physical Geography and human aspects and the interaction between them.
  • Use Geoinformatics related software effectively.
  • Evaluate human impact on the natural environment.
  • Effectively communicate geographical ideas orally and in writing.
  • Conduct research addressing local urban planning and global environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in relation to Geography and Urban Planning issues.
  • Develop organizational, team work and leadership skills.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO200World Regional Geography  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO201Physical Geography  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences -- Student should take one of the following courses: (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major


Geography Major (Req. CH:33)

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO210Human Geography3.000
GEO220Principles of Cartography3.000
GEO221Geographic Information Systems I3.000


Students should take one of the following Tracks: (Req. CH:24) 1: Environmental Geography Track

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO211Remote Sensing3.000
GEO462Current Environmental Issues3.000
GEO410Research Seminar in Geography3.000

Elective Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO231Economic Geography3.000
GEO341Geography of Population3.000
GEO402Land Use3.000
GEO412Geography of Arid Lands3.000
GEO431Natural Hazards3.000
GEO443Geography of Transportation3.000


2: Geoinformatics Track

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO211Remote Sensing3.000
GEO334Spatial Analysis3.000
GEO420Cartography II3.000
GEO422Geographic Information Systems II3.000
GEO410Research Seminar in Geography3.000

Elective Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO351Computer Maps3.000
GEO382Geography of Industry3.000
GEO402Land Use3.000
GEO432Geography of the UAE3.000
GEO443Geography of Transportation3.000
GEO451Digital Imaging Analysis3.000


3: Urban Planning Track

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO334Spatial Analysis3.000
GEO372Planning Theory and Practice3.000
GEO481Urban Planning Internship3.000
GEO402Land Use3.000
GEO438Regional & Urban Planning3.000

Elective Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEO232Urban Economics3.000
GEO345Urban Demography3.000
GEO370Transit Oriented Development (TOD)3.000
GEO440GIS for Urban & Regional Planning3.000
GEO463Tourism Policy and Planning3.000
GEO472Politics and Planning3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:48) Required Minor

Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


Optional Minor (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.

Minor (2) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours