Geography - BS

A student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography is expected to complete a minimum curriculum of 48 hours, with 42 of those hours in Geography including 9 hours chosen from any upper-level course in Human Geography, Geography of the Natural Environment, Human-Environment Interactions, or Geographic Information Science and Technology. 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
GEOG 215 Geospatial Cornerstone 1
Life and physical sciences 1 4
Select one of the following:
 
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry I  
College Physics  
American history 3
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
GEOG 203 Planet Earth 3
GEOG 213 Planet Earth Lab 1
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
Life and physical sciences 1 4
Select one of the following:
 
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Historical Geology  
Introductory Biology II  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II  
College Physics  
Human geography elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
GEOG 232 Cartography and Visualization 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
Physical geography elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Creative arts 3
Human geography elective 2 3
Physical geography elective 3 3
General elective 4 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 390 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Geography elective 5 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Communication 3
Geography elective 5 6
General elective 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 450 Field Geography 3
General elective 4 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOG 440 History and Nature of Geography 3
General elective 4 12
 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 Elective (3 hours) and Cultural Discourse (3 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.