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B.S. - Geography: Physical Geography Concentration

Geography is a field of study that endeavors to explain the ways in which nature and society interact and mutually impact upon each other and the connections between local and global human and physical systems.  Geography also seeks to understand, interpret, and represent where things are and why, how they differ from place to place, and what the answers to those questions mean for society and the environment.  Analytically, geographers focus on the roles of place (locale, context), space (area, distance, boundaries), and scale (geographical extent or field of action) in human and physical processes.   

The Physical Geography concentration focuses on patterns, processes, and structures that make up the biophysical world and how it connects with social, political, economic, and cultural phenomena.

CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              
Core Areas A, B, C, D, E (see Core Curriculum requirements) (42 hours)
Must take MATH 1113 or equivalent in Area A and Option II in Area D 

Area F (18 hours)
• One of the following: (3 hours)   
GEOG 2083 Introduction to Geographical Analysis
MATH 2063 Introductory Statistics                        
• MATH 1634 Calculus (if not taken in the core) (0-4 hours)
• GEOG 2553 Introduction to GIS and Mapping Science (3 hours)
• Computer Introduction/Applications from the following: (2-3 hours)    
CISM, CS, GEOG, GEOL, XIDS                                                         
• Any lab sciences 2000 or below: (8 hours)    
• Any courses 2000 or below (0-4 hours) 
Total Core Hours (60 hours) 

Must have at least 39 total hours from courses 3000 or above, 21 of which must be taken in Geography. 
Must concentrate in Physical Geography or Geographic Information Systems.

Physical Geography
Lower-Division Requirements (0-14 hours)
GEOG 1013 World Geography (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours)
GEOG 1112 Weather and Climate (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours)
GEOG 1112L Weather and Climate Lab (if not taken in the core) (0-1 hours)
GEOG 1113 Landform Geography (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours)
GEOG 1113L Landform Geography Lab (if not taken in the core) (0-1 hours)
GEOG 2083 Introduction to Geographical Analysis (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours) 

Upper-Division Requirements (28 hours)
GEOG 4084 Senior Seminar: Why Geography Matters (3 hours)
GEOG 4553 Geographic Information Systems (4 hours)
• Two of the following: (6 hours)    
GEOG 3713 Meteorology
GEOG 3723 Physiography of the United States
GEOG 3563 Introduction to Remote Sensing
   GEOG 3800 Biogeography  
GEOG 4103 Geography of Soils and Water    
GEOG 4700 Global Environmental Change
GEOL 4003 Geomorphology                                  
• GEOG courses 3000 or above (15 hours)             

Electives  (18-32 hours)
• Electives and/or minor (optional)    
At least 11 hours must be from courses 3000 or higher 

Major (60 hours) 

Total (120 hours)