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Geography, B.S.

Requirements

Geography is the study of the earth’s places, peoples, environments and their interrelationships from both the physical and social science perspectives. Geographers use many different scientific tools to study the relationships between earth’s systems including geospatial technology and are employed in public agencies, local governments, federal offices, technology sectors, business planning, and careers related to spatial planning. The Bachelor of Science in Geography provides students with a program of study in the fundamentals of geography and prepares them to succeed as geographers as well as in many other careers related to geography. Students learn theories and methods of analysis related to land use and land cover change, urbanization, sustainability, human-environment interactions, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology through the core courses of the program. Through elective courses, students can choose to further focus their studies on physical sciences, social sciences, and/or geospatial techniques to meet their career goals.  

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research                                        3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
 or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
Complete the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2)
Distribution Courses
  METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
or GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology (3)  
  GEOG 1000 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
  GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Biology 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 84 Credits
  GEOG 140G Introduction to Human Geography  3
  GEOG 2000 Sustainability and Environment 3
  GEOG 3110 Urban Geography WE 3
  GEOG 3200 Geography of Utah 3
  GEOG 3500 Geomorphology WE 4
or GEOG 3300 Biogeography (4)  
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar (taken twice) 1
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
Select 12 credits from the following physical and life science courses 1 12
  GEOG 1005 Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1)  
  GEOG 3300 Biogeography (4)  
or GEOG 3500 Geomorphology WE (4)  
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing  (3)  
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies  (3)  
 and GEOG 3705 Wetland Studies Laboratory (1)  
  BIOL 3700 General Ecology (3)  
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils (4)  
  ENVT 3790 Hydrology I WE (4)  
  ENVT 3800 Energy Use on Earth (3)  
  ENVT 4790 Hydrology II (4)  
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology (3)  
and GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Lab (1)  
  GEO 3080 Earth Materials WE (3)  
 and GEO 3085 Earth Materials Laboratory (1)  
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards  (3)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods (3)  
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System (3)  
Select 12 credits from the following social science classes 1 12
  GEOG 2100 Geography of the United States (3)  
  GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)  
  GEOG 3010 Economic Geography (3)  
  GEOG 3250 Cultural Geography (3)  
  GEOG 3350 Geography of Africa (3)  
  GEOG 3430 Political Geography (3)  
  GEOG 3800 Environmental History of the United States (3)  
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3)  
or ENST 3520 Environmental Sociology (3)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3)  
 or ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods WE (3)  
  ENST 3000 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)  
  ENVT 3750 Land Use Planning  (3)  
  ENVT 3770 Natural Resources Management  (3)  
  ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy (3)  
Elective Requirements: 31 Credits
Choose any classes from the following list or any classes from the following prefixes: GEOG, GEO, ENVT, ENST, AIST, ANTH, SOC,BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, NSS, HIST, GIS, MATH, STAT, CS.  
  AIST 327G Indians of Utah (3)  
  AIST 384G Indians of the Southwest (3)  
  GEOG 482R GIS Internship  (1)  
  GEOG 489R Student Research in Geography (1)  
  ANTH 3150 Culture Ecology and Health (3)  
  ANTH 3300 Culture Development and International Aid (3)  
  ANTH 3660 Globalized Society (3)  
  BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology (3)  
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4)  
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (4)  
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1)  
  ENGL 373R Literature of Cultures and Places (3)  
  ENVT 1110 Introduction to Environmental Management (3)  
  ENVT 2560 Environmental Health (3)  
  ENVT 3600 Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development for the Developing World (3)  
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology (3)  
  GEO 2070 Desert Natural History (3)  
  GEO 3000 Environmental Geochemistry (3)  
  GEO 3100 Isotope Geochemistry (3)  
  GEO 3700 Structure and Tectonics (4)  
  GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology (4)  
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry (3)  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3)  
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I (4)  
  or PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4)  
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II (4)  
 or PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4)  
  SOC 2370 Sociology of Gender (3)  
  SOC 3030 Social Research Methods (3)  
  SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations (3)  
  SOC 3690 Internet and Society (3)  
  SOC 3850 Rural Life--Global and Local (3)  
  STAT 2050 Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)  
  STAT 2060 Introduction to Statistical Computing (1)  
  STAT 3040 Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences (3)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits, including 40 hours of upper-division credit.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Grade of C- or better in every ENVT, GEO, GEOG, METO, and core curriculum course.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
Footnote
1You need at least 40 hours of upper division credit to graduate. Work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting the 40 credits ofupper division requirement.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 1000 and GEOG 1005 Introduction to Physical Geography and Laboratory 4
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
American Institutions See List 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing – Humanities/Social Sciences 3
HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 or Fitness for Life
METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
PHIL 2050 or 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
GEOG 3200 Geography of Utah 3
or GEOG 140G or Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2000 Sustainability and Environment 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities Distribution See List 3
Biology See List 3
Core Elective   3
GEOG 3650 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
Fine Arts Distribution See List 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
GEOG 3110 Urban Geography WE 3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3500 Geomorphology WE 4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
  Degree total: 120

 

Department

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