Department of Geography

Main Departmental Office

Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 210

P.O. Box 305279

Denton, TX 76203-5279

(940) 565-2091

C. Reid Ferring, Chair

Faculty

Professors Acevedo, Ferring, Schoolmaster. Associate Professors Hudak, Lyons, McGregor, Oppong, Williams. Assistant Professors Ji, Nagaoka.

Introduction

Geography is both an academic and an applied field. Majors are prepared for a broad range of employment, including geographical information systems, regional and urban planning, real estate appraisal, market area analysis, parks and recreation planning, housing and community development, land and water resource management, environmental consulting, retail and industrial site location planning, transportation planning, surveying, cartography, remote sensing, meteorology and environmental regulatory work. The job market in geography continues to be strong. Completion of the department's programs also prepares students for graduate course work in geography and environmental science.

The Department of Geography offers courses for students majoring in geography and other fields. Students in the colleges of arts and sciences, business administration, education and community service will find that geography provides excellent support for their majors. Students majoring in any field may minor in geography, complete courses to fill core requirements, or take courses for general interest.

Geography courses are divided into two subfields: regional science and earth science. Regional science courses focus on the spatial dimensions of human activity. Earth science courses explore physical processes that operate inside the earth, at its surface and in the atmosphere, and interactions between humans and the physical environment. The earth science courses are under both physical geography and geology headings.

Students planning to transfer to another institution to pursue a geology major should consult with the undergraduate adviser.

Programs of Study

The department offers two undergraduate programs and a graduate program in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Geography

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 37 hours including completion of GEOG 1170 or 1200, GEOL 1610 or GEOG 1710, GEOG 2400 and 3190; three courses from GEOG 3050, 4060, 4170, 4500, 4550 and 4560; and five advanced courses selected from Groups A and B. At least two courses must be selected from each group.

Group A: Earth Science

GEOG 3350, 4240, 4250, 4750, 4900 and 4920; GEOL 3000, 3020, 4630, 4650 and 4850.

Group B: Regional Science

GEOG 3010, 3100, 3750, 3800, 4120, 4210, 4410, 4420, 4900 and 4920.

3. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Science

Major in Geography

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Completion of two of the following course groups, in addition to the courses required for the Bachelor of Arts with a major in geography. The two course groups (four courses in total) can be substituted for the foreign language requirement of the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum.

Group I ­ Computer Science. Two courses from BCIS 3610, Basic Information Systems, 3 hours; CSCI 1110, Program Development, 4 hours; CSCI 1120, Structured Programming, 4 hours; GEOG 4560, Visual Programming for Geographical Information Systems, 3 hours.

Group II ­ Mathematics. Two courses (excluding MATH 2090), each at least 3 hours, in addition to the college requirement for meeting the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum.

Group III ­ Physical and Natural/Life Science. Two advanced level courses, each at least 3 hours, in physics, chemistry or biology, subject to approval by the geography undergraduate adviser. Group III courses may be from different departments (for example, one in physics and one in chemistry).

3. Electives: See four-year plan.

Concentrations

Students who wish to concentrate in earth science should select three courses from Group A and two courses from Group B as listed under the BA with a Major in Geography, and students who wish to concentrate in regional science should select two courses from Group A and three courses from Group B.

Minor in Archaeology

A minor in archaeology requires 19 hours, including ANTH 1010, ARCH 2500 and 2800; and a total of 9 hours selected from ARCH 3650, 4620 (multiple sections for separate credit) and ARCH 4810.

Minor in Geography

Students planning to minor in geography should consult the geography undergraduate adviser. A minor requires 19 hours, and usually includes GEOG 1170 or 1200, 1710, and 12 advanced hours.

Minor in Geology

A minor in geology requires 19-20 hours in geology and earth science, including GEOL 1610, 3000, 3020 and 4650, and two additional courses from: GEOG 3350, GEOG 4750, GEOL 4630, GEOL 4850. Geography majors may minor in geology, but none of the courses taken to satisfy the minor can also be applied to the major.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach geography in secondary schools must earn a major and degree in their academic discipline and complete required courses in secondary education. Students must apply for the teacher education program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall 105, and meet all course, GPA and state requirements for certification.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in Geography
(37 hours).
Teaching Field required courses as listed currently for BA and BS degrees: GEOG 1170 or 1200, GEOL 1610 or GEOG 1710, 2400, 3190; three courses from GEOG 3050, 4060, 4170, 4500, 4550 and 4560; and five advanced courses selected from Groups A and B. At least two courses must be selected from each group.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in Geography
(37 hours).
Teaching Field required courses as listed currently for BA or BS: GEOG 1170 or 1200, GEOL 1610 or GEOG 1710; GEOG 2400 and 3190; three courses from GEOG 3050, 4060, 4170, 4500, 4550 and 4560; and five advanced courses selected from Groups A and B. At least two courses must be selected from each group.

Option 2 Second Teaching Field in Geography
(25 hours).
Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: GEOG 1170 or 1200, 1710 or GEOL 1610; plus 18 advanced hours in GEOG or GEOL.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in Earth Science (36 hours).

Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: GEOG 1710, GEOL 1610, 3000, 3020, 4630, 4650, plus 15 hours from GEOG 3350, 4240, 4250, 4420, 4750, and GEOL 4850.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in Earth Science (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: GEOG 1710, GEOL 1610, 3000, 3020, 4630 and 4650, plus 15 hours from GEOG 3350, 4240, 4250, 4420, 4750, and GEOL 4850.

Option 2 Second Teaching Field in Earth Science (24 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: GEOG 1710 or GEOL 1610; plus 20 hours from GEOL 3000, 3020, 4630, 4650, 4850, GEOG 3350, 4240, 4250 and 4750.

Graduate Degrees

Students interested in land and water resource assessment and management or regional science and planning should consider the Master of Science with a major in Applied Geography and the graduate programs in environmental science. Faculty from the Department of Geography, in cooperation with the Department of Biological Sciences and the Institute of Applied Sciences, contribute to coordinating the environmental science degrees.

The Department of Geography, in conjunction with the departments of public administration and economics, offers studies in urban and regional planning within the Master of Public Administration degree program. Undergraduates who anticipate entering this program should take a minimum of 12 hours in public administration.

Students interested in archaeology should consider the MS with a major in applied geography or interdisciplinary studies. Faculty from the departments of geography, biological sciences, and the Center for Environmental Archaeology coordinate these degrees, which emphasize geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and interdisciplinary techniques including GIS, remote sensing and quantitative/spatial analysis.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Geography

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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Major in Geography

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BS with a Major in Geography-HTML

BS with a Major in Geography-PDF

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