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Please note: We make every effort to keep this information up-to-date, but always consult the current TCU catalog for the most recent and accurate information on all requirements.

 

Major requirements:

 

The geography major may be completed as part of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. These requirements are in effect as of August 2013.

 

The BA with a major in geography requires 30 semester hours from among the following. No grade lower than "C" can be applied to the major.

 

The following 12 hours of required courses:

 

  GEOG 10003 World Regional Geography
 

GEOG 20013

Human Geography
  GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
  GEOG 30313 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

 

At least 6 hours of courses with the regional designation (GEOG 305XX), including but not limited to:

 

 

GEOG 30503

Topics in Regional Geography
 

GEOG 30513

United States
  GEOG 30523 Latin America
  GEOG 30533 Western Europe

 

At least 6 hours of courses with the systematic designation (GEOG 307XX), including but not limited to:


  GEOG 30703 Topics in Systematic Geography
  GEOG 30713 Urban Geography
  GEOG 30723 Cultural Geography
  GEOG 30733 Geography of Religion
  GEOG 30743 Applied Geography

 

And 6 hours of electives consisting of any upper-division Geography courses.

 

The BS with a major in geography requires 42 semester hours plus associated requirements of 6 hours. No grade lower than 'C-' can be applied to the major. A minor is not required.

 

Associated Requirements - 6 hours:

 

  COSC 10403 Intro to Programming
  and either  
  MATH 10043

Elementary Statistics

  or  
  INSC 20153 Statistical Analysis

 

Foundations - 15 hours:

 

Part I. The following 12 hours of required introductory courses:

 

  GEOG 10003 World Regional Geography
  GEOG 20013 Human Geography
  GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
  GEOG 30313 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

 

Part II. A minimum of 3 hours from the following GIS courses:

 

  GEOG 40313 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  GEOG 40323 Urban and Business Applications of GIS

 

Geography - A minimum of 12 hours of other upper-division geography courses, including but not limited to:

 

  GEOG 30503 Topics in Regional Geography
  GEOG 30513 United States
  GEOG 30523 Latin America
  GEOG 30533 Western Europe
  GEOG 30703

Topics in Systematic Geography

  GEOG 30723 Cultural Geography
  GEOG 30733 Geography of Religion
  GEOG 30753 Population Geography
  GEOG 30763 Economic Geography

 

Specialization - A minimum of 9 hours of electives selected from the two following groups. Students must take at least one course from Group A and Group B. Some of these courses have prerequisites that are not part of the Geography BS. If required, permission for the course must be obtained from the instructor.

 

Group A – Urban – Social Focus

 

 

GEOG 30743

Applied Geography

 

GEOG 30713

Urban Geography

 

GEOG 40323

Urban and Business Applications of GIS

 

ANTH 30623

Urban Anthropology

 

CRJU 30703

Crime Mapping

 

ECON 40463

Regional and Urban Economics

 

HIST 30803

Recent U.S. Urban History: Race, Space and Community Activism

 

HIST 30813

Oral History Field Research Seminar

 

POSC 31623

Urban Issues and Policies

 

PSYC 40123

Environmental Psychology

 

Group B – Earth and Environmental Sciences

 

 

GEOL 30113

Weather and Climate

 

GEOL 30363

Introduction to Geospatial Technology

 

GEOL 40393

Soils in the Environment

 

GEOL 40493

Geomorphology

 

GEOL 50493

Physical Hydrology

 

GEOL 50863

Spatial Analysis

 

ENSC 40503

Environmental Methods and Statistics

 

ENSC 50246

Biodiversity

 

ENSC 50203

Riparian and Wetland Diversity

 

ENSC 50763

Groundwater Hydrology

 

BIOL 30403

Ecology and the Environment

 

BIOL 40313

Biogeography

 

Electives - 6 hours selected from any of the upper-division courses listed in the BS degree plan, including but not limited to all upper-division geography courses.

 

Minor requirements:

 

The minor in geography requires 18 semester hours, including GEOG 10003 and 20013; nine semester hours of upper-division geography courses; and three semester hours from GEOL 10113, 30113 or 40493. No grade lower than "C" can be applied to the minor.