Physical Geography

In addition to satisfying the general requirements for a B.S. in Geography, a student pursuing the concentration in Physical Geography must complete additional requirements, including ERTH 303N and GPHY 317 , though substitutions that broaden the student's curriculum may be approved by their advisor. Also, students must complete an additional appropriate math course above the 150 level to complement the one used to fulfill their degree mathematics requirements (the second semester of Calculus is recommended).

Bachelor of Science - Geography; Physical Geography Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 44-46

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Depending on the courses selected the degree requirements vary from 45 to 56 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
Capstone1
Upper-Division Writing3
Science Electives6-8
Biology
Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Physical Geography Concentration Core9
Math Requirement
Advanced Math Requirement
Total Hours44-46

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 of courses. 9 total credits required. 

Physical Geography

Note: These courses simultaneously count towards the Upper Division Systematic Geography-Physical Geography and the Physical Geography Concentration core (see below).

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

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 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.

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-


Physical Geography Concentration Core

Note: One course can be used to satisfy the Upper Division Systematic Geography – Physical Geography. Substitutions which broaden the student’s curriculum may be approved by their advisor.

Complete all of the following courses:9
Weather and Climate
Biogeography
Geomorphology
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math Requirement

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced Math Requirement

Note: Example - if M 171 has been taken, M 172 is recommended.

Complete 1 additional Math or Statistics course in addition to the one chosen for the Math Requirement.3-4
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-