Geography B.S.

The B.S. in Geography is designed to accommodate those students who are interested in pursuing more science-based and technical areas of study and work in the field of Geography, such as aspects involving physical geography and geospatial technologies, or environmental planning. Those pursuing a geography B.S. degree (with or without an option) must complete 6-10 additional credits (a two-course sequence) of science coursework. The classes must be selected and approved by the student and advisor as appropriate to individual student goals (e.g., BIOO 105N , BIOE 172N) .

 

Bachelor of Science - Geography

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 46-48

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: The Bachelor of Science in Geography requires 36 credits in GPHY courses.

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
Degree Electives11
Capstone1
Upper Division Writing3
Science Electives6-8
Biology
Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Mathematics Requriement
Math Fundamentals
Advanced Math
Total Hours46-48

Introduction to Geography

Complete all of the following courses:7
Intro to Physical Geography
Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Human Geography
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:6
Intro to GIS and Cartography
Field Techniques
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Systematic Geography

Rule: Complete the following subcategories of courses. 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-


Degree Electives

Complete 11 GPHY credits for a total of 36 GPHY credits for the degree.11
Total Hours11

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

 

Capstone

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

Seniors must complete the following course:
GPHY 400Geography Capstone1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Upper-Division Writing

Note:

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

Other science-based writing courses (e.g. GEO 320, GEO 499, BIOO 470, BIOO 475) may be approved by the advisor.

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Science Electives

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following science categories. 6-8 total credits required. Science sequence must be approved by an advisor as appropriate to individual student's goals. Different science sequences may be approved by the advisor.

Biology

BIOE 172NIntroductory Ecology3
BIOO 105NIntroduction to Botany3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
Total Hours7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Chemistry

CHMY 141NCollege Chemistry I4
CHMY 143NCollege Chemistry II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Physics

PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Mathematics Requirement

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following subcategories. 3-7 total credits required.

Note: Students take a statistics course; M 115 and STAT 216, OR just one of M 162, M 171, or STAT 451. M 171 is recommended.

Math Fundamentals

Complete all of the following courses:7
Probability and Linear Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours7

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Math

Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Applied Calculus
Calculus I (recommended)
Statistical Methods I
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-