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Earth and Mineral Sciences

Geography (GEOG) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Summer Session 2006

Geography - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEOG)

PROFESSOR ROGER M. DOWNS, Head of the Department

Geographers describe, analyze, and explain patterns of physical and human phenomena on the Earth's surface. Geography is simultaneously an environmental science and a social-behavioral science. This major helps provide grounding in analytical techniques such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Substantive course work investigates the ways people use environmental resources and how they arrange themselves and their economic, social, and political activities on the earth's surface.

The Geography major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor's degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.

GENERAL OPTION: This option is designed to serve the needs of students who want to learn about the various topics and perspectives that comprise the discipline of geography. The General option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to emphasize a topic for which no option exists.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE OPTION: This option helps prepare students for entry-level positions in public and private mapping/remote sensing agencies and firms. The student may specialize in one or all of the areas covered in the option. This option is appropriate for students intending to pursue advanced degrees with specialization in these fields.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY OPTION: This option is appropriate for students who want a broad understanding of the earth and environmental sciences in preparation for careers in industry, commerce, and government. The option is designed to develop competence in description, analysis, explanation, and management of problems arising from human use of natural resources and natural systems.

URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTION: This option is appropriate for students who want to study urban and regional development, public policy, and other applications of urban, social, and economic geography in industrialized societies, applying geographical analysis to development opportunities and problems.

Geography courses satisfying the Intercultural and International Competence requirement: GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 103 IL;GS(3), GEOG 128 IL;GS(3), GEOG 415Y US;IL(3).

Geography courses satisfying the Writing requirement: GEOG 401W(3), GEOG 404W(3), GEOG 408W(3), GEOG 415Y US;IL(3), GEOG 420W(3), GEOG 421W(3), GEOG 432W(3), GEOG 433W(3), and GEOG 440W(3). All students must satisfactorily complete at least one writing-intensive course in Geography.

For the B.S. degree in Geography, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 12-18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 69-75 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 54 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71] (Sem: 1-2)
GEOG 010 GN(3)[1], GEOG 020 GS(3)[1], GEOG 030 GS(3)[1], GEOG 121 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOG 454(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
GEOG 100 GS(3)[1] or GEOG 120 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 105(3)[1], GEOG 110 GN(3)[1], or GEOG 115 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 103 GS;IL(3), GEOG 124 GS(3), or GEOG 128 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 102 GH(3), GEOG 200(3), GEOG 401W(3), GEOG 404W(3), GEOG 427(3), GEOG 440W(3), GEOG 441(3), GEOG 442(3), GEOG 443(3), GEOG 444(3), or GEOG 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from: MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 018 GQ(3), MATH 021GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3), MATH 040 GQ(5), MATH 041 GQ(3), MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 111 GQ(2), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 140A GQ(6), or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3), CSE 103 GQ(3), or GEOG 356(3) (Sem: 1-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits in quantification (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in natural sciences (Sem: 1-6)
Select 6 credits in social and behavioral sciences (Sem: 3-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 15-21 credits

GENERAL OPTION: (15 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from 400-level GEOG courses (Sem: 5-8)

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
GEOG 321(3), GEOG 352(3) (Sem: 3-6)
GEOG 357(3), GEOG 455(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from GEOG 330(3), GEOG 356(3), GEOG 421(3), GEOG 422(3), GEOG 425(3), GEOG 437(3), GEOG 453(3), GEOG 458(3), GEOG 459(3), GEOG 480(3), GEOG 481(3), FOR 455(3), SOILS 415(3), or SOILS 450(3) (Sem: 5-8)

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
GEOG 455(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits from: GEOG 105(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), or GEOG 115 GN(3) (Sem: 3-6)
GEOG 406(3), GEOG 407(3), or GEOG 408W(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 321(3), GEOG 330(3), GEOG 352(3), GEOG 356(3), GEOG 357(3), GEOG 425(3), GEOG 459(3), GEOG 480(3), GEOG 481(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from two of the following three categories:
GEOG 432W(3), GEOG 433W(3), GEOG 435(3), or GEOG 437(3)
GEOSC 303(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 462(3), or GEOSC 489(4)
SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 5-8)

URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
GEOG 100 GS(3) or GEOG 120 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from: GEOG 415Y US;IL(3), GEOG 418(3), GEOG 419(3), GEOG 420(3), or GEOG 470(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 321(3), GEOG 330(3), GEOG 352(3), GEOG 356(3), GEOG 357(3), GEOG 421(3), GEOG 425(3), GEOG 455(3), GEOG 459(3), GEOG 480(3), or GEOG 481(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from department list (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-04-090

Review Date: 1/20/04

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