Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography and Conservation

Degree Requirements

Completion of requirements for a bachelor’s degree, including general education requirements, 120 credits of acceptable coursework, and at least 42 upper-division credits.

  • A minimum of 120 academic (non-PE) semester hours of credit.
  • At least 42 academic credits must be upper division (300- to 400-level).
  • A cumulative scholastic average of 2.0.
  • General education courses must be completed with an average GPA of at least 2.0.
  • All general education, major, minor, area of concentration, or teacher licensure requirements must be satisfied.
  • All students must demonstrate writing proficiency by the end of the sophomore year.
  • No D grade may apply to a major or minor field.

Completion of the following required courses:

  • GSCI 109: Dynamic Earth (4 hours)
  • GSCI 201: Intro to Cartography and GIS (3 hours)
  • GSCI 212: Nat Res Mgt on Public Lands (3 hours)
  • GSCI 300: World Geography (3 hours)
  • GSCI 450: Senior Capstone in Geosciences (2 hours)

Plus a minimum of three courses from the following (11 to 12 credits):

  • GSCI 307: Biogeography (3 hours)
  • GSCI 311: Climatology (4 hours)
  • GSCI 321: Geomorphology w/ Env Applic (4 hours)
  • GSCI 330: Nature and Properties of Soils (4 hours)

Plus a minimum of two courses from the following (6 or 7 credits):

  • GSCI 411: Mountain Geography (3 hours)
  • GSCI 420: Remote Sensing (4 hours)
  • GSCI 421: Glacial Periglacial Geog (3 hours)
  • GSCI 462: Geog and Geol of World Regions (3 hours)

Plus a minimum of two courses from the following (6 to 8 credits):

  • GSCI 112: Earth History (4 hours)
  • GSCI 343: Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (4 hours)
  • GSCI 433: Environment Geochemical Model (4 hours)
  • GSCI 440: Groundwater (4 hours)
  • BIOL 330: Ecology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 314: Conservation Biology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 468: Vegetation & Habitat Management (2 hours)

Plus a minimum of one course from the following (3 credits):

  • ECON 256: Microeconomics Principles (3 hours)
  • BUS 384: Natural Resources/Water Law (3 hours)
  • SOC 425: Environment and Society (3 hours)

Completion of required support courses:

  • BIOL 209: General Biology I (5 hours)
  • CHEM 131: General Chemistry GT-SC1 (4 hours) AND CHEM 131L: General Chemistry Lab (1 hours)
  • MATH 107: Trig/ Analytic Geometry GT-MA1 (3 hours)
  • MATH 205: Statistics (3 hours)
  • PHYS 225: College Physics I GT-SC1 (5 hours)

A minor is highly recommended. Consult with an advisor.