Geography, Applied (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Geography (GEOGBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Geography

Program Information

Geographers investigate the character and possible associations between a subject and its environment. The Department of Geography and Geosciences educates students to view the world in a spatial and time-dependent context to determine relationships between people and their immediate and global environment.

 The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in four different concentrations:

  • Environmental Analysis: designed for students who are interested in the environment and environmental sustainability.
  • Geospatial Technologies: designed for students who are interested in developing geospatial technologies like GIS and remote sensing.
  • Human and Cultural Dynamics: designed for students interested in the forces that shape human environments like population trends, sustainable development, ethnic and racial segregation, globalization and geopolitics.
  • Urban Analysis: designed for students interested in the various processes that shape urban environments.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 157-62
Track Requirements15-18
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

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: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

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 - D2, SB (also GEOG 300)
The Global Environment - S

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 Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
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 Geosciences
GEOG 200Human Geography in a Changing World - D2, SB3
GEOG 256Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences3
GEOG 300Globalization and Diversity - D2, SB3
GEOG 350Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies3
GEOG 356Introduction to Spatial Statistics3
GEOG 361Sustainable Human Environments - WR 33
GEOG 441Senior Thesis Proposal - WR 33
GEOG 442Senior Thesis - CUE, WR 33
GEOG 558Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GEOS 200The Global Environment - S3
Electives in Geography or Geosciences at 300 level or above6
Track Requirements15-18
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Geography, at the 300 level or above 6
Minimum Electives 515-20
Minimum Total Hours72-80

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

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 - CUE, WR

Track Requirements

Track in Environmental Analysis (GEOGBS ENV)

Environmental Foundation
GEOG 340Environmental Policy3
GEOS 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
Geography and Human-Environment Interactions
Minimum Total Hours15

Track in Geospatial Technologies (GEOGBS GST)

Geospatial Technologies Foundation
GEOG 355Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GEOG 385Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis3
GEOS 367Geomorphology3
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 Hours18

Track in Human and Cultural Dynamics (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

Track in Urban Analysis (GEOGBS URA)

Urban Analysis Foundation
GEOG 327Economic Geography3
GEOG 328Urban Geography3
Urban Analysis 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

Flight Plan


Track in Environmental Analysis

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
GEOS 200 The Global Environment - S 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 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 - D2, SB 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 - D2, SB 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 Policy 3
GEOS 360 Global Environmental Change 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GEOG 361 Sustainable Human Environments - WR 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/Geosciences Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Geography/Geosciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal - WR 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis - CUE, WR 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Geospatial Technologies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
GEOS 200 The Global Environment - S 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 - WC 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 - D2, SB 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 - D2, SB 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
GEOS 367 Geomorphology 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
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 - WR 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/Geosciences Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal - WR 3
Geography/Geosciences 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 - CUE, WR 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 4
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Human and Cultural Dynamics

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
GEOS 200 The Global Environment - S 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 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 - D2, SB 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 - D2, SB 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 - WR 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/Geosciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal - WR 3
Geography/Geosciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis - CUE, WR 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 4
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Urban Analysis

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
GEOS 200 The Global Environment - S 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 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 - D2, SB 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 - D2, SB 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 - WR 3
GEOG 328 Urban Geography 3
Urban Analysis Track Course 3
General Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Hours17
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Urban Analysis Track Course 3
Urban Analysis Track Course 3
Geography/Geosciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GEOG 441 Senior Thesis Proposal - WR 3
Geography/Geosciences Elective 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
GEOG 442 Senior Thesis - CUE, WR 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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