Geography - BS

A student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography is expected to complete a minimum curriculum of 56 hours in geography, with 18 of those hours 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. Geography courses may include field trips outside scheduled class hours, including study abroad experiences.

Geography graduates apply their knowledge and analytical skills for jobs applying locational and environmental analysis for rewarding careers in education, business, or industry, local, state, and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations. Advanced degrees provide greater career 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
GEOG 201 Introduction to Human Geography 3
American history elective 3
Communication elective 3
Life and physical sciences elective 1 4
Select one of the following:
 
Botany  
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Principles of Geology  
College Physics  
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
GEOG 202 Geography of the Global Village 3
GEOG 203 Planet Earth 3
GEOG 213 Planet Earth Lab 1
MATH 141 Finite Mathematics 3
Life and physical sciences elective 1 4
Select one of the following:
 
Zoology  
Introductory Biology II  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
 
Historical Geology  
College Physics  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
Human Geography 3
Select one of the following:
 
Economic Geography  
Introduction to Urban Geography  
Cultural Geography  
Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 207 State 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 3 3
Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 232 Cartography 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 3 3
Elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 390 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
Communication elective 3
Track elective 3 3
Electives 2 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 450 Field 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 3 6
Elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 440 History 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 3 3
Electives 2 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.

Track Options 

Geography Track Electives
Choose eighteen hours of the following:18
Geography of the United States
Economic Geography
Geography of Texas
Introduction to Urban Geography
Geography of Energy
Cultural Geography
Data Analysis in Geography
The Middle East
Geography of Latin America
Global Climatic Regions
Geography of Europe
Geography of South Asia
Resources and the Environment
Geomorphology
Pattern and Process in Biogeography
Concepts in Geographic Education
Natural Hazards
Remote Sensing in Geosciences
Coastal Processes
Workshop in Environmental Studies
Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
Arid Lands Geomorphology
Political Geography
Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior
Field Trips
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues
Geography of Terrorism
Environmental Justice
Hydrology and Environment
Principles of Plant Geography
Past Climates
Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
GIS Practicum
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Geography of the Natural Environment Track Electives
Choose two of the following:6
Global Climatic Regions
Geomorphology
Pattern and Process in Biogeography
Choose four of the following:12
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
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Human-Environment Interactions Track Electives
GEOG 330Resources and the Environment3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
Select four of the following:12
Geography of Energy
Data Analysis in Geography
Political Geography
Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior
Environmental Justice
Hydrology and Environment
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Human Geography Track Electives
Choose two of the following:6
Economic Geography
Introduction to Urban Geography
Cultural Geography
Choose four of the following: 112
Geography of Energy
Data Analysis in Geography
The Middle East
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of South Asia
Political Geography
Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues
Geography of Terrorism
Environmental Justice
Total Semester Credit Hours18