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(Archive) Geography (GEOG)

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Geography (GEOG) - (ARCHIVE)

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.

For the B.S. degree in Geography, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

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

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.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE MINOR: Students must take GEOG 121 GS; select 6 credits from GEOG 321, 352, or 357; and select 9 credits (at least 6 at the 400 level) from GEOG 330, 356, 421W, 422, 425, 437, 458, 459, 480, or 481, for a total of 18 credits. A grade of C or better is required in GEOG 121 GS if students are to progress in the minor.

GEOGRAPHY MINOR: In consultation with a geography adviser, students must select a minimum of 3 credits in physical geography, a minimum of 3 credits in human geography, and select additional courses (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) for a total of 18 credits in Geography. No credit toward the minor will be given for courses with a grade lower than C.

Geography courses satisfying the Cultural Diversity requirement: GEOG 103 DF;GS, 128 DF;GS, 415W DF.

Geography courses satisfying the Writing requirement: GEOG 401W, 404W, 408W, 415W DF, 432W, 433W, and 440W. All students must satisfactorily complete at least one writing-intensive course in Geography.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(6 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 12-18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 63-69 credits
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 48 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
GEOG 010 GN(3)*, 020 GS(3)*, 030 GS(3)* (Sem: 1-4)
GEOG 121 GS(3), 454(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
GEOG 100 GS* or 120 GS*(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 105*, 110 GN*, or 115 GN* (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 103 GS;DF, 124 GS, or 128 GS;DF (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 102 GH, 200, 401W, 404W, 427, 440W, 441, 442, 443, 444, or 445 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from MATH 017 GQ, 018 GQ, 021GQ, 022 GQ, 026 GQ,040 GQ, 041 GQ, 110 GQ, 111 GQ, 140 GQ, 140A GQ or 141 GQ (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ, 201 GQ, CSE 103 GQ, or GEOG 356 (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), 352(3) (Sem: 3-6)
GEOG 357(3), 455(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from GEOG 330, 356, 421, 422, 425, 437, 453, 458, 459, 480, 481, FOR 455, or SOILS 415 (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, 110 GN, or 115 GN (Sem: 3-6)
GEOG 406 or 408W(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 321, 330, 352, 357, 425, 459, 480, 481 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from two of the following three categories: (Sem: 5-8)
GEOG 432W, 433W, or 437
GEOSC 303, 340, 452, 462, or 489
SOILS 101

URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTION: 21 credits

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

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[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1999

Blue sheet Item #: 27-01-071

Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)

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