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2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Denver Campus 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 the Downtown Campus.

 

Option 1—General Geography


Option Advisors: Frederick B. Chambers and Brian Page

OPTION 1 REQUIREMENTS


Lower division

Upper division

Total: 18 Hours


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


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

Physical Geography

Human Geography

Regional Geography

Techniques for Geographical Analysis

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 36 HOURS


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Option 2—Environmental Science


Option Advisor: Frederick B. Chambers

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. Also, students must have an introductory statistics course. Course choices with descriptions are below:

OPTION 2 REQUIREMENTS


Lower division

Upper division

Total: 22 Hours

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Environmental Science

Plus one class from the following list:

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.

Techniques for Environmental Analysis

          Quantitative methods (one course):

Total: 18 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 40 HOURS


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Option 3—Environmental Studies


Option Advisors: Rafael Moreno and Deborah Thomas

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


Lower division

Upper division

Total: 22 Hours

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Environmental Studies

Choose three courses from the following:

Environmental Policy and Planning

Choose two:

Techniques for Environmental Analysis

Choose one:

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


Lower Division

Upper division

Total: 21 Hours

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Urban Studies and Planning

Plus three courses from the following list:

Techniques for Urban Analysis

Choose one:

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


Lower division

Upper division

Total: 20 Hours

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Choose six additional courses:

Earth Science

Techniques for Earth Science Analysis

Choose one:

Total: 20 Hours

OPTION TOTAL: 40 HOURS


Senior Exit Examination


All majors are required to take a senior exit examination based on required courses in the discipline.

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