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Bachelor of Science in Geography: Physical Geography Option

Students prepare for a career in environmental assessment and problem solving. Basic requirements include preparation in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. Advanced course work includes the study of the processes that affect the physical environment (soils, vegetation, climate and geomorphology), and techniques for performing statistical and computational analysis of these processes (statistics, GIS and remote sensing).

Bachelor of Science in Geography: Physical Geography Option
General Requirements Credit Hours
English - ENGL 101 (or Exemption) 0-3
ENGL 102 (or 105 or Exemption) 0-3
200-Level English course (ENGL 362 recommended) 3
COMS 130 (COMS 230, PHIL 148, PHIL 310, Exemption) 0-3
History or Philosophy of Science
Choose one of the following or approval of Undergraduate Committee
HIST 103, 136, 305, 306, 311, 347, 360, 407
PHIL 370, 375, 380, 620, 622
GEOG 357
3
Two principal courses in the Humanities
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Two principal courses in the Social Sciences
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Preparation for the Major  
MATH 125 and MATH 126 (MATH 220 and MATH 320 are also recommended) 6-10
PHSX 211 and PHSX 216 (recommended) or PHSX 114 and PHSX 201 and PHSX 216 6-8
PSHX 212 and PHSX 236, or PHSX 115 and PHSX 202 and PHSX 236  
BIOL 150 and BIOL 152 7
CHEM 130 and CHEM 135 10
EECS 138 or equivalent 3
Geography Requirements
Overview Courses
 
GEOG 104 Principles of Physical geography or GEOG 107 (Honors) 3
GEOG 105 Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography 2
One course in Human or Regional Geography 3
Core System Courses  
Physical:  16
BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology  
GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change  
GEOG 331 Regional Geomorphology of the United States  
GEOG 332 Glaciers and Landscape or CE 455 Hydrology  
GEOG 335 or GEOG 535 Introduction to Soil Geography  
Geographic Information Science: The following are required 12
GEOG 316 Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data  
GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Infromation Systems  
One 500-level or above course from GIS Studies (GEOG 558 Intermediate Geographical Information Systems or GEOG 526 Remote Sensing of the Environment I recommended)  
Capstone Course:  
GEOG 500 Senior Capstone in Geography or GEOG 714  
Elective Courses (2 or more of the following courses)  
Biogeography: GEOG 537  
Climate: GEOG 521  
Geomorphology: GEOG 532, GEOG 541  
Soil Geography: GEOG 538, GEOG 735  
Other advanced courses in Physical Geography  
Hour an GPA Requirement  
Total Credit Hours > 124
CLAS Hours > 99
Junior Senior Hours > 45
KU Res Hours > 30
CC Transfer credits < 64
Other KU Schools < 25
Hrs Music Org < 6
Hrs Phys Ed < 4
Overall GPA > 2.0
Geography GPA > 2.0

 


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