Jan 27, 2023
The department offers two major programs, a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.). The B.A. requires a minimum of 48 credits, including 44 credits in geography and environmental systems courses. The BS degree requires a minimum of 63 credits, including 41 credits in geography and environmental systems courses.
Both degree programs require all students to complete the following 14 credits of core courses:
In addition to the core courses identified, a minimum of 27 additional credits in other departmental electives is required.
Distribution requirements for these are as follows:
- Four physical geography/ environmental science courses, chosen from the sequences:
- GES 111 or GES 120 , GES 305 -GES 319 , GES 405 -GES 419 and sections of selected topics courses (GES 302 or GES 400 ) that are designated by department faculty as meeting the distribution requirement.
Human Geography Electives
PLUS Two upper-division human geography electives chosen from the following sequences:
- GES 320-369, 420-469
- sections of special topics courses (GES 302 or GES 400 ) designated by department faculty as meeting the distribution requirement.
- PLUS three additional electives at the 300 or 400 level, at least one of which must be a 400-level course.
Internship and independent study do not count toward the 41 credits within the department that are required for the B.S. degree.
Six courses representing a minimum of 22 credits in mathematics and natural sciences, to be selected in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser, as follows:
Select one course: 3 Credits
Two of the following:
Select one course from each sequence.
One additional course
One additional course to complete a year of study in either biology, chemistry, physics, or math and statistics, to be selected from the following list:
One additional elective
One additional elective from the above list, or a computer programming course, or another math / science course with approval of adviser.
A grade of C; or better is required in each course needed to fulfill the B.S. requirements. No course taken on a P/F basis shall count toward the major.