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 Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: Depending on the courses selected, the degree requirements vary from 36 to 39 credits.

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 Electives
Capstone1
Upper Division Writing3
Science Electives6-10
Biology
Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Statistics Course3-7
Math Fundamentals
Advanced Math
Total Hours38-46

Introduction to Geography

Rule: Must 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

Select at least one of the following: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

Rule: Must 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: Must complete the following subcategories of courses

Minimum Required Grade: C-

9 Total Credits Required

Physical Geography

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geography and Society

Select at least one of the following:3
Economic Geography of Rural Areas
Sustainable Cities
Food and Famine
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Human Environment Interaction

Select at least one of the following:3
Water Policy
Mountains and Society
Human Role Environmental Change
Cultural Ecology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Rule: 36 Geography credits are required for the major. May require additional Geography elective credits to fulfill the major.


Capstone

Rule: Seniors must complete the following course

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

GPHY 400Geography Capstone1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Upper Division Writing

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following courses

Note:

  • GPHY 335 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.

GPHY 335Water Policy3
or GPHY 499 senior thesis / capstone
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Science Electives

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following science categories

Note: Science sequence must be approved by advisor as appropriate to individual student's goals. Different science sequences may be approved by the advisor.

6-10 Total Credits Required

Biology

Rule: May complete the following courses

BIOE 172NIntroductory Ecology3
BIOO 105NIntroduction to Botany3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Rule: May complete the following courses 

CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Chemistry

Rule: May complete the following courses

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Physics

Rule: May complete the following courses

PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
PHSX 208NCollege Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

Rule: May complete the following courses

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Statistics Courses

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following subcategories

Note: GenEd credits do not count towards degree credits.

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.

3-7 Total Credits Required

Math Fundamentals

Rule: May complete all of the following courses

M 115Probability and Linear Mathematics3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours7

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Math

Rule: May complete 1 of the following courses

Note: M 171 is recommended.

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-