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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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Geography Major (BS)

Department of Geography, 202 Farrah Hall

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in geography must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in geography (BS) requires the successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:

GY 101 4
GY 102 4
GY 105 3
GY 110 3
GY 204 4
GY concentration* 12–18
GY electives 0–6
Total 36
*Students must earn 12–18 hours from one of the following concentrations:
  1. Environment and Natural Resources (minimum of 12 hours): GY 200, GY 317, GY 339, GY 363, GY 402, GY 404, GY 407, GY 409, GY 412, GY 418, GY 452, GY 453, GY 460, GY 467, GY 472, GY 486, GY 489, or BSC 320.**
  2. Regional and Urban Planning (minimum of 12 hours): GY 200 and GY 441; and GY 341, GY 358, GY 365, GY 440, GY 452, GY 453, GY 458, GY 460, GY 465, GY 466, or GY 488.**
  3. Geographic Information Techniques (minimum of 12 hours): GY 330, GY 420, GY 430, GY 435, GY 436, or GY 438.**
  4. Human and Regional Geography (minimum of 18 hours): GY 200, GY 317, GY 341, GY 344, GY 350, GY 351, GY 358, GY 365, GY 377, GY 418, GY 440, GY 444, GY 458, GY 465, GY 466, or GY 488.**
** With approval, topic appropriate GY 470 may be substituted.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in geography culminating in a bachelor of science degree requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

Courses Hours
ST 260, PY 211, or BER 345 3
MATH 125 or MATH 145 4

Required minor. The geography major requires completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or practicum credit can be applied to the major. Each geography course applied to the 36-hour requirement must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. The Department of Geography offers certificate programs in geographic information systems (GIS) and regional and urban planning. Additional information is available in the Department of Geography office.

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