Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Geography B.A. — Community Development Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria 2200

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/geography-gis-sustainability

Advising Information:

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

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

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

Program Description:

One of the traditional applied areas in geography is planning the built environment. Professionals in this field help communities decide how their land should be used, from the design and layout of a new school to the layout of commercial buildings to the location of a new light rail system, power grid, or park. This work requires both specialized knowledge as well as skills like Geographic Information Science (GIS). Because even the smallest plans can have big impacts, professionals in this field must also be able to work in a highly collaborative environment.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

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

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum – 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses which also count toward the 46 required major credits. 

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list of LAC courses  may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any course to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

GEOG 100 World Geography or GEOG 110 Geography of the United States and Canada are recommended to fulfill the LAC Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 46 credits

Core Courses (25 credits)

Take all of the following courses:

GEOG 100World GeographyLAB2LAIS

3

or

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and CanadaLAB2

3

GEOG 200Human GeographyLAB2

3

GEOG 210Introduction to GIS and GPS

3

GEOG 220Climate and Vegetation

3

or

GEOG 230Landforms, Water & Hazards

3

GEOG 250The Making of the American LandscapeLAB2

3

GEOG 270Professional Development

3

or

ENST 270Professional Development

3

GEOG 375Quantitative Techniques in Geography

3

GEOG 490Capstone Proposal

2

or

ENST 490Capstone Proposal

2

GEOG 491Senior Capstone

2

or

ENST 491Senior Capstone

2

Competencies Courses (9 credits)

Choose three of the following courses:

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

GEOG 310Urban and Regional Planning

3

GEOG 470Urban GIS

3

Systematic Courses (9 credits)

Choose three of the following courses:

GEOG 224Exploring Colorado

3

GEOG 312Economic Geography of the Industrialized World

3

GEOG 320Population Geography

3

GEOG 330Cultural Geography

3

GEOG 360Nations, States, and Territory

3

GEOG 370The City

3

GEOG 380Sustainable Geographies

3

or

ENST 380Sustainable Geographies

3

GEOG 445Landscape Ecology

3

GEOG 492Internship

1- 6

ENST 389Human Perception of the Built Environment

3

ENST 390Building Materials for a Sustainable Environment

3

ENST 391The Built Environment and Sustainability

3

GEOG 492 may be taken for credit more than once, but only 3 credits will count toward the major.

Major Elective Courses (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

GEOG 185Introduction to Drones

3

GEOG 218Emerging AsiaLAB2LAIS

3

GEOG 249Controversies in Agriculture, Food, and Farming

3

or

ENST 249Controversies in Agriculture, Food, and Farming

3

GEOG 315Nature and Society

3

or

ENST 315Nature & Society

3

GEOG 325Advanced Physical Geography: Topics

3

GEOG 326Africa

3

GEOG 333South America

3

GEOG 335Geography of Middle America

3

GEOG 340Europe

3

GEOG 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

or

ENST 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

GEOG 385Natural Parks & Protected Areas Seminar

3

GEOG 391Western Colorado Rivers

3

GEOG 392Field Course in Geography

1- 6

GEOG 440Biogeography

3

or

ENST 440Biogeography

3

GEOG 444Global Climate Change

3

or

ENST 444Global Climate Change

3

GEOG 466Grant and Proposal Writing

3

GEOG 325 may be taken for credit more than once, but only 3 credits will count toward the major.

3. University-Wide Credits — 43 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 43 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.