Geography Major: Environmental Studies Concentration

Requirements for a Major

Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a six-course (20 credit) core curriculum and one of five concentrations. Students will declare a concentration in either General Geography, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Earth System Science, or Earth Science Education. Study Away/Study Abroad is strongly encouraged for geography majors.

Core Courses(18 credits)
GS-101Physical Geography3
or GS-110 Meteorology
GE-102Human Geography3
GS-140Physical Geology4
GS-165Geographic Information Systems I4
GE-200Geography Literature Seminar1
GE/GS-400Geography Seminar3
Requirements for the Environmental Studies Concentration(21-27 credits)
GE-258Global Environmental Change3
Two or three courses in Physical Geography or GIS (200-400 level)6-9
Select three or four of the following:9-12
Energy Conservation
Coastal Environments
Sustainable Communities
American Public Lands: Environmental Issues
Environment and Development
Sustainable Food Systems
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
or GE-342
Sustainable Housing And Techniques
Selected Topics: Geography (with approval)
Select one of the following:3
Internship: Geography
Independent Study: Geography
Readings and Directed Research
Total Credits39-45

Geography Major: Environmental Studies Concentration

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASCFirst-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR) 3
GE-102 Human Geography 3
GS-101 Physical Geography 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
LASCLASC Elective (CON) 3
LASCLASC Elective (TLC) 1 3
LASCLASC Elective (GP) 1 3
GS-140 Physical Geology 4
 Credits16
Year Two
Semester Three
GS-165 Geographic Information Systems I 4
GEEnvironmental Elective 3
GE or GSEnvironmental or Physical Elective 3
GE-200 Geography Literature Seminar 1
LASCLASC Elective (ICW) 1 3
LASCLASC Elective (CA) 1 3
 Credits17
Semester Four
GE-258 Global Environmental Change 3
GSPhysical or GIS Elective 3
LASCLab Science (NSP) 1 3-4
LASCLASC Elective (USW) 1 3
LASCLASC Elective 1 3
 Credits15-16
Year Three
Semester Five
LASCLASC Elective (HBS)  
GEEnvironmental Elective 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR) 1 3
LASCLASC Elective 1 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits12
Semester Six
GSPhysical or GIS Elective 3
GEEnvironmental Elective 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 1 3
LASCLASC Elective 1 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
Select one of the following: 4
Independent Study: Geography
or Independent Study: Geography
 
Readings and Directed Research
or Readings and Directed Research
 
Internship: Geography
or Internship: Geography
 
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Eight
GE-400 Geography Seminar (CAP) 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121-122

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.