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

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 46-48

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Introduction to Geography

7

Regional Geography Course

3

Geographic Methods

6

Upper Division Systematic Geography

9

Physical Geography

Geography and Society

Human Environment Interaction

Degree Electives

11

Capstone

1

Upper Division Writing

3

Science Electives

6-8

Biology

Chemistry

College Chemistry

College Physics

Physics with Calculus

Mathematics Requirement

Math Fundamentals

Advanced Math

Total Hours

46-48

Introduction to Geography

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

7

GPHY 111N

Intro to Physical Geography

GPHY 112N

Intro to Phys Geography Lab

GPHY 121S

Human Geography

Total Hours

7

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Regional Geography Course

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

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 Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Geographic Methods

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

6

GPHY 284

Intro to GIS and Cartography

GPHY 385

Field Techniques

Total Hours

6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Systematic Geography

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

Physical Geography

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

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 Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geography and Society

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GPHY 323S

Economic Geography of Rural Areas

GPHY 421

Sustainable Cities

GPHY 434

Food and Famine

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Human Environment Interaction

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

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 Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

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

11

Total Hours

11

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.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Seniors must complete the following course:

GPHY 400

Geography Capstone

1

Total Hours

1

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.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GPHY 335

Water Policy

GPHY 433

Community Resilience

GPHY 499

Senior Thesis

Total Hours

3

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BIOE 172N

Introductory Ecology

3

BIOO 105N

Introduction to Botany

3

Total Hours

6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

4

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

CHMY 141N

College Chemistry I

4

CHMY 143N

College Chemistry II

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

College Physics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

PHSX 205N

College Physics I

4

PHSX 207N

College Physics II

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

PHSX 215N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I

4

PHSX 217N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II

4

Total Hours

8

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

7

M 115

Probability and Linear Mathematics

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

Total Hours

7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Math

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3-4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I (recommended)

STAT 451

Statistical Methods I

Total Hours

3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-