Honors Program

Honors College

Honors College of Appalachian

Honors in Geography

The Department of Geography and Planning offers Honors courses on all undergraduate levels, which are open to students who have distinguished themselves. Honors courses carry full credit toward the majors in geography and planning, or for non-majors full elective credit.

Subject to the recommendations of the departmental Honors Committee, a student will be considered for graduation
with Honors in Geography upon successful completion of at least one semester of honors work in a designated freshman/sophomore level honors course (GHY 1010, GHY 1020, and PLN 2410); one junior level honors course (GHY 3510) which may be taken twice; and the Senior Honors Thesis (GHY 4510). Those students meeting these requirements with the grade of"A" will be considered for grauation with "highest honors in geography".

Honors Courses

GHY 3510 Advanced Honors Seminar in Geography (3).S.
Seminar on selected geographic topics. Enrollment by invitation of the Department or by application. Barring repetitive content, qualified students may repeat course once. For enrollees, this course may substitute for the appropriate Geography elective.

GHY 4510 Senior Honors Thesis (1-4).F;S.
Independent study and research for an end product, the honors thesis; directed by a member of the geography department, supported by two additional faculty/readers, in all constituting the senior thesis committee. Prerequisite: completion of an approved honors sequence, including GHY 3510. Enrollment by qualified applicants only. For enrollees, this course may substitute for a Geography & Planning free elective or other course as agreed upon by the Geography & Planning Honors Advisor. 

*Geography & Planning Department requires a copy of your thesis.

For more information regarding the Honors College at Appalachian, please contact Dr. Rich Crepeau, our Departmental Honors Director at crepeaurj@appstate.edu.

Example Senior Honors Theses

December 2009. Ray Allen Aull.  Feature Detection in Arid Environments: A Comparison of Image Enhancement and Classification Techniques to Aid Feature Detection in the Middle East and North Africa. Thesis Director: Dr. Chris Badurek

December 2009. Lindsay M. Kvasnak.  Biogeogrpahy of Dogwood Anthracnose Disease in Northwestern North Carolina. Thesis Director: Dr. Gabrielle Katz.

May 2007. Jonathan W. Sugg. A GIScience Investigation of Mass Balance Change on the Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand; 1990 to 2002.  Thesis Director: Dr. Chris Badurek.