Aug 16, 2018  
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
    
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography BA


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Requirements for Major in Geography


Students must declare a major by the time they have completed 60 semester hours of course work. The geography program (within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences) offers a BA degree that includes a full range of courses in the fundamentals of geography taught mainly by full-time faculty. Five degree options are available for the major in geography: general, environmental science, environmental studies, urban studies and planning and earth science. Total semester-hour requirements vary among the five options, but all options require a minimum of 24 hours of upper-division credit. In addition, for each option, at least 15 semester hours must be taken at CU Denver.

 

Option 1—General Geography


Option Advisors: Frederick B. Chambers and Brian Page

OPTION 1 REQUIREMENTS


Total: 18 Hours


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses, including at least one course from each of the following subfields:

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 36 HOURS


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Option 2—Environmental Science


Option Advisor: Frederick B. Chambers and Casey Allen

Option 2 allows geography majors to concentrate on course work in environmental science.

ANCILLARY COURSES


Option 2 students must take one general biology and one general chemistry course (both with labs), OR a sequence of either (BIOL 2051 and 2061 with labs or CHEM 2031 and 2061 with labs). If applying to the MS in Environmental Sciences program, students must have taken both sequences. Course choices with descriptions are below:

OPTION 2 REQUIREMENTS


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Upper-Division Environmental-Oriented Biology or Chemistry (3 Hours)

One upper-division biology or chemistry course related to the student’s environmental science interest must be taken as part of the environmental science option.

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 40 HOURS


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Option 3—Environmental Studies


Option Advisors: Rafael Moreno, Deborah Thomas and Gregory Simon

Option 3 gives geography majors the opportunity to concentrate on the topic of human-environmental interaction, emphasizing environmental policy, sustainability and social issues.

OPTION 3 REQUIREMENTS


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Community/Professional Experience

(optional but highly recommended)

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 40 HOURS


Note: Up to 4 semester hours of honors thesis course work or up to 3 semester hours of internships may be counted toward the 18 hours of additional requirements. Such substitutions must be approved by a program option advisor.

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Option 4—Urban Studies and Planning


Option Advisors: Brian Page and Amanda Weaver

Option 4 allows geography majors to concentrate on social and spatial aspects of metropolitan growth and change. Students are given the opportunity to take advanced planning courses in their junior and senior years.

OPTION 4 REQUIREMENTS


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Community/Professional Experience

(optional but highly recommended)

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 39 HOURS


Note: Up to 4 semester hours of honors thesis course work or up to 3 semester hours of internship may be counted toward the 18 hours of additional requirements. Such substitutions must be approved by a program option advisor.

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Option 5—Earth Science


Option Advisor: Ryan Sincavage

Option 5 allows geography majors to concentrate on studying natural and physical processes within and on the surface of the planet.

OPTION 5 REQUIREMENTS


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Total: 20 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 40 HOURS


 

NOTE: Any upper division course used to fulfill requirements for the geography major, option 5 cannot also be used for the geology minor.

 

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