UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Geography

Main Departmental Office
Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 210
P.O. Box 305279
Denton, TX 76203-5279
(940) 565-2091

F. Andrew Schoolmaster, Chair

Web site: www.geog.unt.edu

Faculty

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

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 interactions between humans and physical processes that operate inside the earth, at its surface and in the atmosphere. The earth science courses are under both physical geography and geology.

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 in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Geography

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography requires a minimum of 128 hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

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.

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Bachelor of Science

Major in Geography

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in geography requires a minimum of 128 hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

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.

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Minor in Archaeology

A minor in archaeology requires the completion of 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 the completion of 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. Students with a geography major in either the regional or earth science track may not select geology as a minor.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach geography in secondary schools must complete Texas requirements for teacher certification, as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section of this catalog.

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 analyses.

Courses of Instruction

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