Geography Major: Earth System Science Concentration

Requirements for a Major

Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a six-course (20 credit) core curriculum and one of four 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-200Geographic Literature Seminar1
GE/GS-400Geography Seminar3
Requirements for the Concentration in Earth System Science(32 credits)
Ancillary requirements (may apply to LASC requirements)
MA-190Pre-calculus4
Select one of the following:4
Survey of Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Physics I
Physics I (Mechanics)
Required core courses
GS-210Geomorphology4
GS-225Oceanography3
GS-230Biogeography3
Core electives
14 upper level credits at the 200+ level, including 3 earth science credits at the 300+ level. No more than one geography (GE) or Geospatial course can be counted toward this requirement.14
Total Credits50

Geography Major: Earth System Science Concentration

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar3
EN-101 English Composition I 3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (GP)3
GE-102 Human Geography 3
GS-101 Physical Geography 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 3
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
MA-190 Pre-calculus 4
LASC 1 LASC Elective (TLC)3
GS-140 Physical Geology 4
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
GS-165 Geographic Information Systems I 4
Geomorphology  
Select one of the following LASC courses: 1 4
General Chemistry I  
General Physics I(NSP*LAB)  
Physics I (Mechanics)  
GE-200 Geographic Literature Seminar 1
LASC 1 LASC Elective (CA)3
 Credits12
Semester Four
GS-225 Oceanography 3
GS-230 Biogeography 3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (USW)3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (HBS)3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (DAC)4
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
SELECT Earth System Science Elective3
SELECT Earth System Science Elective3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (QR)3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (WAC)3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
SELECT Earth System Science Elective3
SELECT Earth System Science Elective3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (NSP)3
LASC 1 LASC Elective (QLAC)3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
SELECT Earth System Science Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GE-400 Geography Seminar (CAP) 3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
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The sequence of LASC courses marked with 1 is a suggestion but serves as a reminder that LASC designated courses must be taken to satisfy the LASC requirements.

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.