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

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

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
Teaching Geography Track
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
GPHY 141S
Geography of World Regions
GPHY 144
Glacier National Park in Winter
GPHY 241
Montana
GPHY 245X
The Middle East
GPHY 342
North America
GPHY 344
Crown of the Continent
GPHY 347
Regional Geography (Multiple Regions)
GPHY 348
Field Studies in Geography
GPHY 444
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
ERTH 303N
Weather and Climate
GPHY 311N
Biogeography
GPHY 314
Global Mountain Environments
GPHY 317
Geomorphology
GPHY 438
Mountain Field Study
GPHY 525
Advanced Physical Geography
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geography and Society

Complete one of the following courses:3
GPHY 323S
Economic Geography of Rural Areas
GPHY 421
Sustainable Cities
GPHY 434
Food and Famine
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Human Environment Interaction

Complete one of the following courses:3
GPHY 335
Water Policy
GPHY 338
Mountains and Society
GPHY 432
Human Role Environmental Change
GPHY 433
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
GPHY 335
Water Policy
GPHY 433
Community Resilience
GPHY 499
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 122, M 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
M 115
Probability and Linear Mathematics
M 121
College Algebra
M 151
Precalculus
M 162
Applied Calculus
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Teaching Geography Track

Notes:

  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publications. They are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete the teaching track in a second major or minor in another teaching content area.

Teaching Geography Track Required Courses

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

Complete the following course.4
EDU 497
Teaching and Assessing
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach geography, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.