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Bachelor of Science in Geography

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Geography Programs

The B.A., B.G.S., and B.S. in geography provide general liberal arts enrichment, preparation for graduate work, and training for careers in geography and related fields. Geography may be combined with another program as a double major, or courses in another area may simply be added to those in geography.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students should begin the major by meeting the core requirements and preparing for major courses.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

B.S. students must select 1 of the options below (physical geography or geographical information and analysis). A total of 124 credit hours is required, of which 45 must be junior/senior hours, 30 must be KU residence hours, no more than 64 may be community college transfer hours, no more than 6 may be music organization hours, and no more than 4 may be physical education hours. An overall grade-point average of 2.0 is required, with an average of 2.0 in geography junior/senior courses.

Physical Geography Option

General Requirements

Preparation for the Major

  • MATH 121 Calculus I (5) and MATH 122 Calculus II (recommended) (5) or
    MATH 115 Calculus I (3) and MATH 116 Calculus II (3)
  • PHSX 211 General Physics I and PHSX 212 General Physics II (8) (recommended) or
    PHSX 114 College Physics I and PHSX 115 College Physics II (6-8)
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology (4)
  • CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II (5)
  • EECS 128 Foundations of Information Technology: _____ or equivalent (3)

Geography Requirements

Overview Courses

Foundation Courses

  1. Physical: Choose 3 of the following: (9-10)
    GEOG 304 Environmental Conservation
    GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
    GEOG 331 Regional Geomorphology of the United States
    GEOG 338 Introduction to River Systems
    GEOG 535 Soil Geography
  2. Techniques: The following are required: (12)
    GEOG 316 Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data
    GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    GEOG 526 Remote Sensing of Environment I
  3. Field Experience: Choose 1 of the following: (3-4)
    EVRN 460 Field Ecology
    GEOG 714 Field Experience

Elective Courses

  • 6 additional hours from the physical geography course list (300 level or above) (6)
  • 6 additional hours of geography (any group, 300 level or above) (6)
  • 6 additional hours in an allied field (e.g., ATMO, BIOL, EVRN, or GEOL) approved by geography adviser (6)

Geographical Information and Analysis Option

General Requirements

Preparation for the Major

  • MATH 121 Calculus I (5) and MATH 122 Calculus II (recommended) (5) or
    MATH 115 Calculus I (3) and MATH 116 Calculus II (3)
  • EECS 138 Introduction to Computing: _____ (3) or
    GEOG 514 Visualizing Spatial Data (4) or equivalent
  • PHSX 114 College Physics I (4) and PHSX 115 College Physics II (4) or
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4) and BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology (4)

Geography Requirements

Core Courses

Additional Geography Courses

  • 2 courses at the 300 level or above in physical studies, human studies, and/or regional studies (6)

Core Geographic Information Science Courses

6 courses, at least 1 from each category: (20-24)

Geographic Information Science Electives

  • 2 other courses from geographic information science (6-8)

Allied Field

  • 3 courses and 9 hours minimum in 1 field (or a minor): (9)
    (area studies, atmospheric science, biology, computer science, design, environmental studies, engineering, geology, psychology, urban planning)

Electives

  • Any university courses (17-26 hours)

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