Geography B.A.

The general geography B.A. degree (without concentration) is very flexible. In addition to meeting the core requirements for all geography majors, students may choose electives in geography (minimum 17, maximum 31 elective credits) from the fields of regional geography, geographic methods and techniques, or systematic geography (physical geography, human-environment interaction, or geography and society).

 

Bachelor of Arts - Geography

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Introduction to Geography7
Regional Geography Course3
Geographic Methods6
Upper-Division Systematic Geography9
Physical Geography
Geography and Society
Human Environment Interaction
Capstone1
Upper-Division Writing3
Degree Electives7
Mathematics Requirement
Total Hours36

Introduction to Geography

Complete all of the following courses:
GPHY 111NIntro to Physical Geography3
GPHY 112NIntro to Phys Geography Lab1
GPHY 121SHuman Geography3
Total Hours7

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Regional Geography Course

Complete one of the following courses:3
Geography of World Regions
Glacier National Park in Winter
Montana
The Middle East
North America
Crown of the Continent
Regional Geography (Multiple Regions)
Field Studies in Geography
High Asia
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Geographic Methods

Complete all of the following courses:
GPHY 284Intro to GIS and Cartography3
GPHY 385Field Techniques3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Systematic Geography

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 9 total credits required.

Physical Geography

Complete one of the following courses:3
Weather and Climate
Biogeography
Global Mountain Environments
Geomorphology
Mountain Field Study
Advanced Physical Geography
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geography and Society

Complete one of the following courses:3
Economic Geography of Rural Areas
Sustainable Cities
Food and Famine
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Human Environment Interaction

Complete one of the following courses:3
Water Policy
Mountains and Society
Human Role Environmental Change
Community Resilience
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Capstone

Note: Seniors graduating in spring or summer must enroll in GPHY 400 in fall, attend GPHY 500 in fall, and complete course requirements in spring. Seniors graduating in fall must enroll in fall and complete course requirements in fall.

Complete the following course:
GPHY 400Geography Capstone1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Writing

Note: GPHY 335 or GPHY 433 will also count toward the upper division core requirements GPHY 499 will also count toward upper division elective credits.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Water Policy
Community Resilience
Senior Thesis
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Note: Students must fulfill the degree credit total of 36 credits plus the university requirement for 39 upper division credits.

Complete 7 credits of GPHY electives.7

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Mathematics Requirement

Note: Students are encouraged to take M 115. Students who successfully complete M 122M 171, or M 172 also meet the degree specific Mathematics requirement. This requirement does not count towards degree credits.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Probability and Linear Mathematics
College Algebra
Precalculus
Applied Calculus
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Teaching Geography Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Students who want to be licensed to teach geography at the middle and high school level must complete the B.A. degree requirements in geography (general geography, no option required). They also must complete a teaching major or minor in a second field. See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for information about admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of the licensure program.

Secondary licensure students seek admission to the Teacher Education Program, usually at the end of the sophomore year. For admission to that program, students need to contact the Department of Teaching and Learning. After completing the professional licensure program in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and degree requirements in the content area, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Curriculum and Instruction Department.  

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching. A major in Geography does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete a second teaching major or minor in another content area.


Teaching Track

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

Must complete the following course.4
Teaching and Assessing
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-