Geography - BS, Geography of the Natural Environment Track

A student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography is expected to complete a minimum curriculum of 56 hours in geography, while 18 of those hours will be chosen from one of the following selected tracks of focus: Human Geography, Geography of the Natural Environment, Human-Environment Interactions, or Geography. The Department of Geography also administers the Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Studies for the College of Geosciences. Students must pass two Writing-Intensive courses within their major. This includes any geography course with a 9xx section number. Geography courses may include field trips outside scheduled class hours. Students are required to defray some or all of the expenses incurred on such trips.

Graduates with the BS degree may be able to qualify for a variety of jobs using their analytic skills in locational and environmental analysis for business or industry, or for a variety of positions in local, state or federal agencies. Advanced degrees provide greater opportunities.

For students interested in a career in education, the Department of Geography works closely with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. Geography is part of a Social Studies composite degree program that prepares students to teach at middle and high school levels.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
GEOG 201Introduction to Human Geography 3
American history 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences elective 14
Select one of the following:
Botany  
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Principles of Geology  
College Physics  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
GEOG 202Geography of the Global Village 3
GEOG 203Planet Earth 3
GEOG 213Planet Earth Lab 1
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
Life and physical sciences elective: 14
Select one of the following:
Zoology  
Introductory Biology II  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
 
Historical Geology  
College Physics  
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
GEOG 232Cartography and Visualization 3
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
Human Geography 3
Select one of the following:
Economic Geography  
Introduction to Urban Geography  
Cultural Geography  
Elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Creative arts 3
Physical Geography 3
Select one of the following:
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
Pattern and Process in Biogeography  
Geography of the Natural Environment Track Elective 33
Select one of the following:
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
Pattern and Process in Biogeography  
Elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
American history 3
Regional Geography 43
Select one of the following:
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
The Middle East  
Geography of Latin America  
Geography of Europe  
Geography of South Asia  
Goegraphy of the Natural Environment Track Elective 33
Select one of the following:
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
Pattern and Process in Biogeography  
Elective 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
Communication 3
Geography of the Natural Environment Track Elective 33
Select one of the following:
Data Analysis in Geography  
Natural Hazards  
Coastal Processes  
Arid Lands Geomorphology  
Hydrology and Environment  
Principles of Plant Geography  
Past Climates  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Electives 26
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 450Field Geography 3
Regional Geography 43
Select one of the following:
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
The Middle East  
Geography of Latin America  
Geography of Europe  
Geography of South Asia  
Geography of the Natural Environment Track Electives 36
Select two of the following:
Data Analysis in Geography  
Natural Hazards  
Coastal Processes  
Arid Lands Geomorphology  
Hydrology and Environment  
Principles of Plant Geography  
Past Climates  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Elective 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 440History and Nature of Geography 3
Problem Solving and Professionalization 3
Select one of the following:
Concepts in Geographic Education  
Workshop in Environmental Studies  
GIS Practicum  
Internship  
Research  
Geography of the Natural Environment Track Elective 33
Select one of the following:
Data Analysis in Geography  
Natural Hazards  
Coastal Processes  
Arid Lands Geomorphology  
Hydrology and Environment  
Principles of Plant Geography  
Past Climates  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Electives 26
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

 8 hours required. Department requires that you take two in the same discipline to meet this requirement.

2

Courses to be approved by advisor.

3

Track electives comprise 18 hours of focused coursework beyond the Geography core. The track and the specific courses within the track are to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor.

4

At most, one of these courses may be chosen from GEOG 301, GEOG 305.

Two courses in the degree plan must be Writing Intensive courses designated by the department in the schedule of classes. Also, International and Cultural Diversity Electives (6 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.