Department of Geography

Main Departmental Office

Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 210

P.O. Box 305279

Denton, TX 76203-5279

(940) 565-2091

Web site: www.geog.unt.edu

F. Andrew Schoolmaster, Chair

Faculty

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

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 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 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. Some requirements may have changed because the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BA with a Major in Geography pdf

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I 3

GEOG 1170, Introductory Human
Geography,14 or GEOG 1200,
World Regional Geography14 3

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus4, 16 5

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

CSCI1, 16 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

ECON 1110, Priciples of Macroeconomics 3

ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3, 16 3

Laboratory Science9 4

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

GEOG 3190, Quantitative Methods in
Geography 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 1320, College Writing II6 3

GEOL 1610, Introductory Physical Geology,
or GEOG 1710, Earth Science 4

PSCI 1050, American Government 3

Oral Communication2, 16 3

Wellness11 3

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 2220, World Literature II 3

GEOG 2400, Applied Geography 3

HIST 2620, United States History since 186512 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3, 16 3

Laboratory Science9 4

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Visual and Performing Arts7 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective16 3

Elective16 4

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Total 19

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.
See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Geography

A major in geography requires completion of: GEOG 1170 or 1200, GEOL 1610 or GEOG 1710, 2400, 3190; three courses from GEOG 3050, 4060, 4170, 4500 and 4550; 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 and 4920; GEOL 3000, 3020, 4630, 4650 and 4850.

Group B: Regional Science

GEOG 3010, 3100, 3450, 3750, 3800, 4120, 4210, 4310, 4410, 4420 and 4920.

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.

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 Supplemental Information for 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.

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. Some requirements may have changed because the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BS with a Major in Geography pdf

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I 3

GEOG 1170, Introductory Human
Geography,14 or GEOG 1200,
World Regional Geography14 3

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

CSCI1, 16 3

Oral Communication2, 16 3

Total 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

BS Geography Course Group I, II, or III42 3-4

Laboratory Science9 4

Elective16 3

Total 17

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

GEOG 3190, Quantitative Methods in
Geography 3

BS Geography Course Group I, II, or III42 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Wellness11 3

Elective16 4

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

ECON 1110, Priciples of Macroeconomics 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Total 18

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 1320, College Writing II6 3

GEOL 1610, Introductory Physical Geology,
or GEOG 1710, Earth Science 4

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus4, 16 5

PSCI 1050, American Government 3

Total 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 2220, World Literature II 3

GEOG 2400, Applied Geography 3

HIST 2620, United States History since 186512 3

BS Geography Course Group I, II, or III42 3-4

Laboratory Science9 4

Total 16-17

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

BS Geography Course Group I, II, or III42 3

Elective16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Visual and Performing Arts7 3

Total 18

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Geography (advanced)41 3

Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.
See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Supplemental Information for BS with a Major in Geography

The Bachelor of Science with a major in geography requires 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

CSCI 1110, Program Development, 4 hours

CSCI 1120, Structured Programming, 4 hours

Group II - Mathematics

Two courses, 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. Math courses taken to satisfy the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum cannot be applied to Group II. Group III courses may be from different departments (for example, one in physics and one in chemistry).

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 Supplemental Information for 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.

* The Arts and Sciences Core was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Consult a degree program adviser.

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.

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 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.

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