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Geography Major, B.A.

  • Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor.
  • Students must complete 120 hours or more of coursework of which 40-hours or more must be upper division course work (3000 & 4000 level).
  • Students must select a concentration in Physical Geography or Sustainability.

See Degree Check Sheets for Geography major:

Geography, B.A. – Physical 2018-2019

Geography, B.A. – Sustainability 2018-2019

 

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • ENG 1010 – Composing Arguments Credits: 3 !
  • ENG 1020 – Research and Argument Writing Credits: 3 !
  • MTH 1110 – College Algebra for Calculus Credits: 4 @
    OR
  • MTH 1112 – College Algebra Through Modeling Credits: 4 @
  • MTH 1210 – Introduction to Statistics Credits: 4 @
  • ENV 1200 – Introduction to Environmental Science Credits: 3
    
Subtotal: 17 credits

Recommended Prerequisite Courses

  • CAS 1010 – Public Speaking Credits: 3 #
    OR
  • HON 2950 – The Art of Critical Theory Credits: 3 #
  • MTR 1600 – Global Climate Change Credits: 3 $,&
  • ECO 2010 – Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 3 %
    OR
  • ECO 3800 – Development Economics Credits: 3 %
  • ECO 2020 – Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3 ^
    OR
  • SOC 1020 – Globalization–The Transformation of Social Worlds Credits: 3 ^,&
    Subtotal: 12 credits

    Notes

! Satisfies the General Studies Written Communication Requirement

@ Satisfies the General Studies Quantitative Literacy Requirement


# Satisfies the General Studies Oral Communication Requirement 


$ Satisfies the General Studies Natural and Physical Sciences Requirement


% Satisfies the General Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences I Requirement

^ Satisfies the General Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences II Requirement

& Satisfies the Global Diversity Requirement

* Satisfies the Multicultural Requirement

 

In addition to prerequisite coursework, students must fulfill General Studies and Global Diversity requirements as well as the University Multicultural requirement. Some courses can be used to meet General Studies categories as well as Multicultural and Global Diversity requirements. Students may also use unrestricted electives to satisfy these requirements. Students should meet with an academic advisor for clarification.


 Geography Core Courses for Physical and Sustainability Concentrations

  • GEG 1000 – World Regional Geography Credits: 3
  • GEG 1100 – Introduction to Physical Geography Credits: 3
  • GEG 1300 – Introduction to Human Geography Credits: 3
  • GEG 1700 – Principles of Sustainability Credits: 3 *
  • GIS 1220 – Introduction to Geospatial Sciences Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 15 credits

Geography: Physical Concentration

Physical geographers are concerned with the occurrence, distribution, and interrelationships of physical (natural) earth systems and their connection with human activities. The Physical Geography concentration is designed to develop competence in the description, recognition, and explanation of geographic phenomena. Geographic research, through the use of spatial analysis techniques, is emphasized to develop skills so that students can construct applied solutions to problems arising from human use and modification of natural resources. This concentration is appropriate for students who want a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the Earth Sciences. The major prepares students for professional careers in both the private and public sectors as well as for graduate studies.

Physical Geography Concentration Required Prerequisite

  • MTR 1400 - Weather and Climate Credits:3
    Subtotal: 3 credits

Physical Geography Concentration Required Courses

  • GEG 3410 - Biogeography Credits: 3
  • GEG 4150 - Hydrology (Surface Water) Credits: 4
  • GEL 3120 - Geomorphology Credits: 4
  • GEL 3420 - Soil Resources Credits: 4
  • MTR 2020 - Weather and Climate Lab for Scientists Credits: 1
  • MTR 3330 - Climatology Credits: 3
  • GIS 2250 - Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
  • GIS 3250 - Cartography Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 25 credits

Physical Geography Electives

Students are required to select at least 15 additional credits in Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences disciplines (Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Geospatial Sciences, and/or Meteorology). These should be upper division credits, with the exception of GEL 1010 or Math 1410. Each student must have a department advisor for consultation regarding course work and program planning.

  • GEG 3410 - Biogeography Credits: 3
  • GEG 4150 - Hydrology (Surface Water) Credits: 4
  • GEL 3120 - Geomorphology Credits: 4
  • GEL 3420 - Soil Resources Credits: 4
  • MTR 2020 - Weather and Climate Lab for Scientists Credits: 1
  • MTR 3330 - Climatology Credits: 3
  • GIS 2250 - Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
  • GIS 3250 - Cartography Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 15 credits

Internship Course

Students are required to select at least 3 hours of internship credit.

  • GEG 4950 – Internship in Geography Credits: 2-15 *
  • ENV 4950 – Internship in Environmental Science Credits: 2-15 *
    Subtotal: 3 credits

Senior Experience Course

Students are required to select 3 hours of senior experience credit.

  • GEG 4970 – Sustainability Practice Seminar Credits: 3 *
  • ENV 4960 – Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3 *
  • ENV 4970 – Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3 *
    Subtotal: 3 credits

Geography: Sustainability Concentration

The Geography degree with a concentration in Sustainability provides a multidisciplinary education that integrates physical and social science with planning and spatial analysis. This provides a foundation for understanding problems and implementing solutions to improve the quality of the built environment in a manner that promotes sustainability and social justice. The curriculum offers courses in the socio, economic, and ecological dimensions of sustainability to reflect the increased need for professionals versed in the crucial, emerging field of sustainable development. The major provides the analytical tools for understanding the causes and magnitude of environmental problems, is broad in scope, prepares students to initiate, foster, and manage the pace of change, and can be applied to a number of career objectives and graduate school opportunities. Professional opportunities exist in different areas such as urban and regional planning, environment and resource management, sustainable business practices, education, and a variety of other interrelated fields.

Sustainability Concentration Required Courses

  • GEG 3300 - Land Use, Culture, and Conflict Credits: 3
  • GEG 3360 - Economic Geography Credits: 3
  • GEG 3600 - Urban Geography Credits: 3
  • GEG 3610 - Principles of Land Use Planning Credits: 3
  • GEG 3700 - Urban Sustainability Credits: 3
  • GEG 3720 - Global Sustainable Development Credits: 3
  • GEG 4700 - Sustainability in Resource Management Credits: 3
  • GEG 4720 - Sustainability in Mitigation Planning Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 24 credits 

Sustainability Elective Courses

Students are required to select at least 18 hours from the list below.

  • GEG 1910 - Global Water Concerns Credits: 3
  • GEG 2020 - Geography of Colorado Credits: 3
  • GEG 2200 - Geography of the United States Credits: 3
  • GEG 2300 - Geographic Analysis of Social Issues Credits: 3
  • GEG 3000 - Historical Geography of the U.S. Credits: 3
  • GEG 3410 - Biogeography Credits: 3
  • GEG 3520 - Regional Geography: Variable Topics Credits: 2-3
  • GEG 3920 - Directed Study in Geography Credits: 2-6
  • GEG 3630 - Transportation Planning and Land Use Credits: 3
  • GEG 4610 - Urban and Regional Planning Credits: 3
  • GEG 4620 - Residential Land Use Patterns Credits: 3
  • GEG 4640 - Recreational Land Use Patterns Credits: 3
  • GEG 4710 - Legal Aspects of Land Use Credits: 3
  • GIS 2250 - Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
  • GIS 3250 - Cartography Credits: 3
  • GIS 4840 - Remote Sensing Credits: 3
  • ENV 3100 - Air Pollution Credits: 3
  • ENV 3250 - Colorado Water Law and Water Rights Administration Credits: 3
  • ENV 3400 - Water Resources Credits: 3
  • ENV 3700 - Mountain Environments Credits: 3
  • ENV 4200 - Environmental Policy and Planning Credits: 3
  • ENV 4410 - Water Law Credits: 3
  • ENV 4420 - Wetlands Credits: 3
  • ENV 4430 - Habitat Planning Credits: 3
  • CET 3320 - Environmental Impact Statements Credits: 3
  • ECO 3450 - Environmental Economics Credits: 3
  • MTR 1600 - Global Climate Change Credits: 3
  • MKT 3180 - Green Marketing Credits: 3
  • SOC 3770 - Society and the Environment Credits: 3
  • SSE 1040 - Life Cycle and Systems Engineering - An Introduction Credits: 3
  • SSE 3500 - Humanitarian Engineering Credits: 3
  • SSE 4000 - Sustainable Systems Engineering Credits: 3
  • SSE 4200 - Sustainable Development Strategy Credits: 3
  • UA 3905 - Farm to Table Sustainability Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 18 credits

Internship Course

Students are required to select at least 3 hours of internship credit

  • GEG 4950 – Internship in Geography Credits: 2-15 *
    OR
  • ENV 4950 – Internship in Environmental Science Credits: 2-15 *
    Subtotal: 3 credits

Senior Experience Course

Students are required to take 3 hours of senior experience credit.

  • GEG 4970 – Sustainability Practice Seminar Credits: 3 
  • Subtotal: 3 credits

Notes

* Course requires additional prerequisites or corequisites


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