Geography - BS

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 elective 3
Communication elective 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
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
STAT 303Statistical Methods 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 elective 3
Physical Geography 3
Select one of the following:
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
Pattern and Process in Biogeography  
Track elective 33
Elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 232Cartography and Visualization 3
American history elective 3
Regional Geography 3
Select one of the following: 4
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
The Middle East  
Geography of Latin America  
Geography of Europe  
Geography of South Asia  
Track elective 33
Elective 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
Communication elective 3
Track elective 33
Electives 26
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 450Field Geography 3
Regional Geography 3
Select one of the following: 4
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Texas  
The Middle East  
Geography of Latin America  
Geography of Europe  
Geography of South Asia  
Track electives 36
Elective 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 440History and Nature of Geography 3
Problem Solving & Professionalization 3
Select one of the following:
Concepts in Geographic Education  
Workshop in Environmental Studies  
GIS Practicum  
Internship  
Research  
Track elective 33
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 academic advisor from the list below.

4

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

Track Electives
GEOG 301Geography of the United States3
GEOG 304Economic Geography3
GEOG 305Geography of Texas3
GEOG 306Introduction to Urban Geography3
GEOG 309Geography of Energy3
GEOG 311Cultural Geography3
GEOG 312Data Analysis in Geography3
GEOG 320The Middle East3
GEOG 323Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 324Global Climatic Regions3
GEOG 325Geography of Europe3
GEOG 327Geography of South Asia3
GEOG 330Resources and the Environment3
GEOG 331Geomorphology3
GEOG 335Pattern and Process in Biogeography3
GEOG 355Concepts in Geographic Education3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
GEOG 361Remote Sensing in Geosciences4
GEOG 370/MARS 370Coastal Processes3
GEOG 380Workshop in Environmental Studies2-6
GEOG 398Interpretation of Aerial Photographs3
GEOG 400Arid Lands Geomorphology3
GEOG 401Political Geography3
GEOG 404Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior3
GEOG 405Field Trips1-4
GEOG 406Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues3
GEOG 420Geography of Terrorism3
GEOG 430Environmental Justice3
GEOG 434Hydrology and Environment4
GEOG 435Principles of Plant Geography3
GEOG 442/GEOS 442Past Climates3
GEOG 462/ESSM 462Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management3
GEOG 467Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems4
GEOG 475Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)4
GEOG 476GIS Practicum3

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.