Geography, Applied (BS)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan.  The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Human Geography in a Changing World
Globalization and Diversity
The Global Environment
*

Meteorology track also requires ENVS 220/PHYS 220, PHYS 295, PHYS 298 and MATH 205.

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. 

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 26-8
Electives in Natural Sciences or Humanities at the 300 level or above 36
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
GEOG 200Human Geography in a Changing World 3
GEOG 256Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
GEOG 300Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 350Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies3
GEOG 356Introduction to Spatial Statistics3
GEOG 361Sustainable Human Environments 33
GEOG 441Senior Thesis Proposal 33
GEOG 442Senior Thesis 33
GEOG 558Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
ENVS 200The Global Environment 3
Electives in Geography or Environmental Sciences at 300 level or above 56
Minimum Total Hours36
Track Requirements (see Track Requirements tab)15-27

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Thesis
1

Some credit hours from the General Education Requirements may be satisfied by courses defined by the program, in which case additional electives will be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. 

2

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken

3

Students in the Meteorology track satisfy this requirement by completing the track. Please consult the Track Requirements tab for more information.

4

Fulfills WR requirement.

5

Students in the Meteorology track satisfy this requirement by completing the track's supporting courses requirements. Please see the Track Requirements tab for more information.

 
 

Track Requirements

Track in Meteorology

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS_MET

ENVS/PHYS 220Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
ENVS 305/PHYS 360Introduction to Weather Analysis3
ENVS 363Climate Science3
ENVS 366/PHYS 465Dynamic Meteorology3
ENVS 370/PHYS 361Thermodynamic Meteorology3
ENVS 452/PHYS 362Physical Meteorology3
ENVS 465/PHYS 365Mesoscale Meteorology3
ENVS 469/PHYS 466Synoptic Meteorology3
GEOG 355Introduction to Remote Sensing3
Minimum Total Hours27
Supporting Courses for Meteorology
PHYS 295Introductory Laboratories I 1
PHYS 298Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound 4
PHYS 299Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light4
PHYS 350Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences4
MATH 205Calculus I 4
MATH 206Calculus II4
Select one of the following courses:3
Introduction to C and C++ Programming Languages
Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
Hydrology
Organic Chemistry I
Elements of Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Minimum Electives 1, 20-26
Minimum Total Hours24-50
1

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

2

Some free electives at the 300+ level may be required to reach a minimum of 50 hours at the 300+ level.


Track in Environmental Analysis

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS_ENV

Environmental Foundation
GEOG 340Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems 3
ENVS 360Global Environmental Change3
Environmental Specialization
Select three of the following: 9
Geology for Scientists and Engineers
Climate Science
Biogeography
Geomorphology
Hydrology
Natural Hazards
Water Resource Management
GIS and Water Resources
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Earth Observation and Sustainability: Our Human Planet
Geography and Human-Environment Interactions
Minimum Total Hours15
Supporting Courses for Environmental Analysis
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Geography, at the 300 level or above6

Track in Geospatial Technologies

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS_GST

Geospatial Technologies Foundation
GEOG 355Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GEOG 385Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis3
Geospatial Technologies Specialization
Select three of the following: 9
GIS and Public Health
Transportation Geography
GIS & Urban Demographic Analysis
Advanced Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Spatial and Non-Spatial Database Management
GIS and Water Resources
Minimum Total Hours15
Supporting Courses for Geospatial Technologies
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Geography, at the 300 level or above6

Track in Human and Cultural Dynamics

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS_HCD

Human and Cultural Dynamics Foundation
GEOG 320Geopolitics3
GEOG 331Population Geography3
Human and Cultural Dynamics Specialization
Select three of the following: 9
Race and Place
Globalization Seminar
Urbanism in the Global South: Cities and Space
Medical Geography
Food and Race
Geography and Human-Environment Interactions
Minimum Total Hours15
Supporting Courses in Human and Cultural Dynamics
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Geography, at the 300 level or above6

Track in Urban Analytics

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS_URA

Urban Analytics Foundation
GEOG 327Economic Geography3
GEOG 328Urban Geography3
Urban Analytics Specialization
Select three of the following: 9
Population Geography
Urbanism in the Global South: Cities and Space
Geography of Urban Issues
Transportation Geography
GIS & Urban Demographic Analysis
GIS and Retail Site Analysis
Sustainable Transportation
Minimum Total Hours15
Supporting Courses in Urban Analysis
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Geography, at the 300 level or above6

Flight Plan


Track in Environmental Analysis

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS ENV

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
ENVS 200 The Global Environment 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR
Foreign Language 2 3-4
GEOG 200 Human Geography in a Changing World 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
GEOG 256 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
GEOG 300 Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 340 Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems 3
ENVS 360 Global Environmental Change 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Humanities/Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Environmental Analysis Track Course 3
General Elective 2
 Hours18
Spring
Environmental Analysis Track Course 3
Environmental Analysis Track Course 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Geospatial Technologies

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS GST

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
ENVS 200 The Global Environment 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
GEOG 200 Human Geography in a Changing World 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
GEOG 256 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
GEOG 300 Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
GEOG 355 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
General Elective 3
 Hours12
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments 3
Geospatial Technologies Track Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 1
 Hours17
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Geospatial Technologies Track Course 3
Geospatial Technologies Track Course 3
GEOG 385 Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 4
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours118-120

Track in Human and Cultural Dynamics

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS HCD

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
ENVS 200 The Global Environment 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
GEOG 200 Human Geography in a Changing World 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
Humanities/Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
GEOG 256 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
GEOG 300 Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 331 Population Geography 3
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GEOG 320 Geopolitics 3
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Human & Cultural Dynamics Track Course 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours17
Spring
Humanities/Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Human & Cultural Dynamics Track Course 3
General Elective 3
Human & Cultural Dynamics Track Course 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 4
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Meteorology

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS MET

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENVS 200 The Global Environment 3
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
ENVS 220 Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
MATH 205 Calculus I 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
GEOG 200 Human Geography in a Changing World 3
ENVS 363 Climate Science 3
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GEOG 256 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
Foreign Language 3-4
ENVS 305 Introduction to Weather Analysis 3
PHYS 295 Introductory Laboratories I 1
PHYS 298 Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound 4
 Hours14-15
Spring
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
ENVS 370 Thermodynamic Meteorology 3
PHYS 299 Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall
GEOG 300 Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
GEOG 355 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
ENVS 366 Dynamic Meteorology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
ENVS 465 Mesoscale Meteorology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Choose an additional Supporting Course for Meteorology 3
Social Science Elective, other than Geography (300 level or above)Course 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 350 Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences 4
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments 3
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal 3
ENVS 452 Physical Meteorology 3
Social Science Elective, other than Geography (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis 3
ENVS 469 Synoptic Meteorology 3
Humanities/Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities/Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Urban Analytics

Academic Plan Code(s): GEOGBS URA

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
ENVS 200 The Global Environment 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
GEOG 200 Human Geography in a Changing World 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
GEOG 256 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences 3
GEOG 300 Globalization and Diversity 3
GEOG 327 Economic Geography 3
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD1 3
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments 3
GEOG 328 Urban Geography 3
Urban Analytics Track Course 3
General Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Hours17
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Urban Analytics Track Course 3
Urban Analytics Track Course 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal 3
Geography/Environmental Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 4
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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