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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.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must complete a minimum of 24 upper division (3000-level and above) credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to program requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 GEOG, GEOL or ENVS credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Only three credits of Travel Study may be counted toward graduation requirements.
- Undergraduate students may count up to 6 credit hours of independent study or internship (any combination of GEOG 3840 Independent Study: GEOG, GEOG 4840 Independent Study: GEOG, GEOG 4880 Directed Research, or GEOG 3939 Internship) towards elective credit in the major as approved by the undergraduate coordinator. Students may not receive more than three credit hours per independent study section. No more than three credit hours of independent study may be taken with the same instructor or in the same term.
- GEOG 3939 Internship: Community/Professional Experience optional, but highly recommended.
|Complete all of the following required courses:
|Introduction to Environmental Sciences
and Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory
|World Regions Global Context
or GEOG 1302
|Introduction to Human Geography
|Introduction to Physical Geography
|Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis
|Weather and Climate
|Globalization and Regional Development
|Earth Environments and Human Impacts
|Sustainability in Resources Management
|Complete one of the following Quantitative Methods courses:
|Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
|Statistics and Research Methods
|Complete one of the following Geo-Spatial Analysis courses:
|Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing 1
|Introduction to GIS 2
|GIS Applications for the Urban Environment
|GIS Applications in the Health Sciences
|Complete one of the following Environmental Science Elective Courses:
|Water Quality and Resources
|Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions
|Soil Science and Geography
|Complete an Introductory Biology or Chemistry Sequence. Complete the general biology or general chemistry sequence. If applying to the MS in Environmental Sciences program, students are advised to take both sequences.
General Biology Sequence 3
|Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)
and Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)
|Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)
and Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)
General Chemistry Sequence 3
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
or CHEM 2039
|Majors General Chemistry I Laboratory
or CHEM 2088
|Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
or CHEM 2069
|Majors General Chemistry II Laboratory
or CHEM 2098
|Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
|Complete a minimum of one upper-division Biology or Chemistry elective course related to the student’s Environmental Science interest, from the approved list.
|Upper-Division Biology or Chemistry electives
pre-req for Remote Sensing II
highly recommended; pre-req to most of the advanced GIS courses
Honors and majors versions of General Biology and General Chemistry will apply.
|Complete one of the following.
|Human Reproductive Biology
|Introduction to Molecular Biology
|Principles of Ecology
|Introduction to Evolution
|General Cell Biology
|Introduction to Immunology
and General Microbiology Lab
|Introduction to Biotechnology
|Cell Biology of Disease
|Topics in Molecular Biology
|Genomics and Bioinformatics
|Mechanisms of Animal Behavior
|Plant Structure and Development
|Flora of Colorado
|Applied Microbial Ecology
|Introduction to Spatial Ecology
|Mechanisms of Human Pathology
|Population and Evolutionary Genetics
|Topics in Immunology
|Biology of Cancer
|Structural Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
|Biochemistry of Metabolic Disease
|Biochemistry of Gene Regulation and Cancer
|Organic Chemistry I
or CHEM 3481
|Majors Organic Chemistry I
|Organic Chemistry II
or CHEM 3491
|Majors Organic Chemistry II
|Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
|Advanced Analytical Chemistry
|Practical Applications of Spectroscopy
|Advanced Organic Chemistry
|Foundations of Physical Chemistry
|Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
|Physical Chemistry: Quantum and Spectroscopy
|Advanced Physical Chemistry
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry
|General Biochemistry I
|General Biochemistry II
|Molecular Modeling and Drug Design
|Bioinorganic Chemistry: Bioinorganic compounds in medicine
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