Geography B.A. – Geographic Information Science Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Phil Klein, Ph.D., Department Chair

Location: Candelaria 2200

Telephone: 970.351.2372

Fax: 970.351.2890

Website: http://www.unco.edu/geography/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

One of the fastest growing areas in geography is the use of geographic information sciences (GIS) to generate maps and store map-related information. GIS is a system of computer hardware and software that stores, displays, analyzes, and maps geographic information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, market analysts, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems. For example, using GIS, students can analyze population distribution, traffic movement, land availability, real estate prices, environmental hazards, soil types, and flood zones to help local government make informed land use decisions.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • Students may take 3 of the credits outside the program with advisor approval.
  • GEOG 300 and GEOG 325 may be taken for credit more than once with different topics. GEOG 422 and GEOG 492 may be taken for credit more than once, but only 3 credits will count toward the major.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 3 credits

LAC area 5.b. — Geography

GEOG 100World Geography

3

or

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and Canada

3

Remaining LAC — 37 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Take all of the following courses:

GEOG 200Human Geography

3

GEOG 210Introduction to GIS and GPS

3

GEOG 220Climate and Vegetation

3

GEOG 230Landforms, Water & Hazards

3

GEOG 375Quantitative Techniques in Geography

3

GEOG 495Senior Seminar

3

Take both of the following courses:

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

Techniques Credits (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:

GEOG 327Fundamentals of Geospatial Programming

3

GEOG 412Web Mapping

3

GEOG 475Advanced Geographic Techniques: Topics

1 - 3

GEOG 492Internship

1 - 6

GEOG 475 must be taken for 3 credits to satisfy this requirement.

Human Geography Credits (9 credits)

Choose three of the following courses:

GEOG 300Advanced Human Geography: Topics

3

GEOG 310Urban and Regional Planning

3

GEOG 312Economic Geography of the Industrialized World

3

GEOG 315Nature and Society

3

GEOG 320Population Geography

3

GEOG 330Cultural Geography

3

GEOG 350Colorado

3

GEOG 360Nations, States, and Territory

3

GEOG 370The City

3

GEOG 390Geographic Inquiry: Applying Spatial Thinking

3

Physical Geography Credits (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

GEOG 325Advanced Physical Geography: Topics

3

GEOG 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

GEOG 391Western Colorado Rivers

3

GEOG 392Field Course in Geography

1 - 6

GEOG 440Biogeography

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 38 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 38 credits