Geography - B.S.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 120 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H
MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H 
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (GEOG 1111 and GEOG 1111L) or (GEOG 2110H and GEOG 2110L) or (GEOG(ATSC) 1112 and GEOG(ATSC) 1112L) or (GEOG 2120H and GEOG(ATSC) 1112L) or (GEOG 1113 and GEOG 1113L
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): Please consider the Franklin College'sBiological Sciences requirement when selecting courses from the Core Curriculum. Some courses approved for the core curriculum do not satisfy the Franklin College requirement. 

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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
Preferred Course(s): GEOG 1101 or GEOG 2010H

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): GEOG 1103 or GEOG 2130H or GEOG 1125 or GEOG 2250H

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Area VI
  1. GEOG 2300 or STAT 2000 or STAT 2100H
  2. (MATH 2200 or MATH 2300H) or [MATH 2310H or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410H] or MATH 2250* or MATH 2260 
  3. CSCI 1100-1100L or MIST 2190H or CSCI 1210 or CSCI 1301-1301L
  4. Two lab science courses, beyond those required under Area II, in BIOL, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, or PHYS (both courses can be from the same department)
  5. If items 1, 2, or 3 above have been satisfied elsewhere in the core, students may make up the remainder of their eighteen semester hours with 1000/2000-level courses in BIOLCHEM, CSCI, ECOL,GEOG, GEOLMATH (2000-level),PHYS , or STAT.
* MATH 2250  is strongly encouraged for a meteorology/climatology focus.

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) 
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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.
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Required Courses (24-26 hours)
(A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) must be earned in each upper-division course.)

GEOG 3510-3510L
Choose one course from Group A below
Choose two courses from Group B below
Choose four courses from any of the four groups listed below 
(At least two of the seven selected courses must be 4000-level courses from Group B and/or Group C; no more than six (6) credit hours from Group D may be counted towards satisfying the major requirements.)

Group A -- Human/Regional Geography

Systematic Focus:

GEOG 3620
GEOG 3630
GEOG 3630E
GEOG 3640
GEOG 3660
GEOG 3690 
GEOG 4610/6610
GEOG 4620/6620
GEOG 4630/6630
GEOG 4631/6631
GEOG 4632/6632 
GEOG 4633/6633
GEOG 4640/6640
GEOG 4650/6650
GEOG 4660/6660
GEOG 4670/6670
GEOG 4680/6680
GEOG 4690/6690
GEOG 4860/6860
GEOG 4890/6890

Regional Focus:
ANTH(GEOG) 4275/6275
CMLT(AFAM)(AFST)(GEOG)(LACS) 4260/6260
GEOG(AFST) 3650
GEOG 4290/6290
GEOG 4710/6710
GEOG(LACS) 4720/6720 
GEOG 4730/6730
GEOG 4740/6740
GEOG 4750/6750 

Group B -- Physical Geography

Geomorphology:

GEOG 3010
GEOG 4020/6020
GEOG 4030/6030
GEOG 4040/6040
GEOG 4060/6060
WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L 

Climatology:
ENGR(ATSC) 4111/6111-4111L/6111L
ENGR(ATSC)(GEOG) 4161/6161-4161L/6161L
ENGR(GEOG) 4180/6180
ATSC(GEOG) 3110
ATSC(GEOG) 3120-3120L
ATSC(GEOG) 3130
GEOG(ATSC) 3180
ATSC(GEOG)(ENGR) 4112/6112 
ATSC 4114/6114
ATSC 4116/6116-4116L/6116L
ATSC(GEOG) 4120/6120
GEOG 4121/6121
ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
ATSC(GEOG) 4150/6150
ATSC(GEOG) 4160/6160
ATSC(GEOG) 4170/6170-4170L/6170L
GEOG 4911/6911 

Biogeography:
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4930/6930
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4931/6931
FANR(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG)(INTL)(RLST) 4271/6271
FORS(ECOL)(GEOG) 4250/6250
GEOG 3210
GEOG 3290
GEOG(PBIO) 4220/6220
GEOG(PBIO) 4240/6240
GEOG 4290/6290
GEOG 4810/6810

Group C -- Geographic Techniques
GEOG 3990
GEOG 4300/6300
GEOG 4305/6305
GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L
GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
GEOG 4370E/6370E
GEOG(CRSS) 4375/6375
GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L
GEOG 4410/6410-4410L/6410L
GEOG 4430/6430-4430L/6430L
GEOG 4450/6450
GEOG 4460/6460
GEOG 4470/6470-4470L/6470L
GEOG 4570/6570-4570L/6570L
GEOG 4590/6590-4590L/6590L
GEOG 4610/6610
GEOG 4920/6920 

Group D -- Miscellaneous Geography Courses
GEOG 3990
GEOG 4921/6921
GEOG 4970H
GEOG 4980H
GEOG 4990H

Students may choose an Area of Emphasis below.  An Area of Emphasis is not required to complete the major.  Courses completed in the Area of Emphasis can count towards the degree requirements listed above. Course substitutions are possible for all Area of Emphasis requirements. 
 

Urban and Community Studies

The Urban and Community Studies areas of emphasis focuses on the economic, cultural and political factors shaping cities, as well as the experiences of living and building different kinds of communities in and near cities. This area of emphasis relates to careers in urban planning, metropolitan government, economic development, and the non-profit sector.

Pre-requisite:
     GEOG 1103
          Use this course to satisfy either area V (Social Sciences) or Area VI (Major-Related Courses) general studies requirements

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography

     Cartography (1 course):
          GEOG 3510-3510L

     Core (3 courses):
          GEOG 3630        
Select 2 of the following courses:
          GEOG 4630/6630             
              note: GEOG 4630/6630 may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit
          GEOG 4631/6631
          GEOG 4632/6632
          GEOG 4633/6633

     Electives (3 courses): Select 3 additional courses from the following categories:

          Human Geography courses:
               GEOG 3290
               GEOG 3620
               GEOG 3640
               GEOG 3660
               GEOG 3690
               ATSC(GEOG) 4160/6160
               GEOG 4620/6620
               GEOG 4640/6640
               GEOG 4680/6680
               GEOG 4690/6690
               GEOG 4890/6890

          Applications/Extensions
               GEOG 3990
               GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
               GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L

     Physical Geography (1 course): Select 1 3000- or 4000-level physical geography course.

Note: All Departmental, College and University requirements for the AB degree must be observed.

Environmental Geography

The Environmental Geography area of emphasis provides students with a well-rounded education of the earth's physical and biological systems and settings. It prepares students for careers related to environmental planning, environmental consulting, resource management, and various areas dealing with stewardship of public and private lands.

Pre-requisite: GEOG 1125 or GEOG 2250H

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography

     Cartography (1 course):
          GEOG 3510-3510L
     
     Core (6 courses): Select 2 courses from each of the following areas:

      Geomorphology
          GEOG 3010
          GEOG 4020/6020
          GEOG 4030/6030
          GEOG 4040/6040
          GEOG 4060/6060
          GEOG 4070/6070
          WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L

       Climatology
          ATSC(GEOG) 3110
          ATSC(GEOG) 3120-3120L
          ATSC(GEOG) 3130
          GEOG(ATSC) 3180
          ENGR(ATSC) 4111/6111-4111L/6111L
          ATSC(GEOG)(ENGR) 4112/6112 
          ATSC 4114/6114
          ATSC(GEOG) 4120/6120
          ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
          ATSC(GEOG) 4150/6150
          ATSC(GEOG) 4160/6160
          ATSC(GEOG) 4170/6170-4170L/6170L
          ENGR(ATSC)(GEOG) 4161/6161-4161L/6161L
          ENGR(GEOG) 4180/6180
          GEOG 4911/6911

     Biogeography
          GEOG 3210
          GEOG 3290
          GEOG(PBIO) 4220/6220
          GEOG(PBIO) 4240/6240
          GEOG 4810/6810
          CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4930/6930
          CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4931/6931

Human Geography (1 course) *: select 1 3000- or 4000-level human geography course

*an additional human geography course (total of 2) is needed in relation to the AB degree

Note: Add Departmental, College and University requirements for the AB or BS degree must be observed.


Earth System Science

The Earth System Science area of emphasis incorporates an integrated systems approach which is more quantitative than the Environmental Geography area of emphasis. It involves digital analysis of earth and atmospheric systems through use of remote sensing and/or geographic information systems. Students are prepared for careers with scientific agencies and companies concerned with physical systems of the environment and resource management, particularly in situations that call for knowledge of computerized techniques.

Pre-requisite:
     CSCI 1210 OR CSCI 1301-1301L
          Use one of these courses to satisfy Area F (Major-Related Courses) BS general studies requirements
     MARS 1010-1010L
          You may not use this course to satisfy the lab science requirement (currently, MARS is not among the list of classes to satisfy this requirement).

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography.

     Cartography (1 course):
          GEOG 3510-3510L

     Core (6 courses): 4 courses in Physical Geography (Geomorphology, Climatology, Biogeography) and two courses from GIS/Remote Sensing/Image Analysis

     Physical Geography (4 courses): select 1 course from each of the following areas (geomorphology, climatology, biogeography) plus another one from any of those three physical geography areas.

          Geomorphology
               GEOG 3010
               GEOG 4020/6020
               GEOG 4030/6030
               GEOG 4040/6040
               GEOG 4060/6060
               GEOG 4070/6070
               WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L

          Climatology
               ATSC(GEOG) 3110
               ATSC(GEOG) 3120-3120L
               ATSC(GEOG) 3130
               GEOG(ATSC) 3180
               ENGR(ATSC) 4111/6111-4111L/6111L
               ATSC(GEOG)(ENGR) 4112/6112 
               ATSC 4114/6114
               ATSC(GEOG) 4120/6120
               ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
               ATSC(GEOG) 4150/6150
               ATSC(GEOG) 4160/6160
               ATSC(GEOG) 4170/6170-4170L/6170L
               ENGR(ATSC)(GEOG) 4161/6161-4161L/6161L
               ENGR(GEOG) 4180/6180
               GEOG 4911/6911

          Biogeography
               GEOG 3210
               GEOG 3290
               GEOG(PBIO) 4220/6220
               GEOG(PBIO) 4240/6240

     Remote Sensing/Image Analysis (2 courses): select 2 courses from the following:
               ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
               GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
               GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L
               GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
               GEOG 4430/6430-4430L/6430L

     Human Geography (1 course): select 1 3000- or 4000-level human geography course

Note: All Departmental, College and University requirements for the BS degree must be observed.


Global Environmental Change

The Global Environmental Change area of emphasis focuses on dynamic elements of earth's systems that operate at continental to global scales and change on timescales of decades to millions of years. It prepares students for careers broadly related to global environmental change and associated aspects of resource management.

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography.

     Cartography (1 course):
          GEOG 3510-3510L

     Core (2 courses):
          GEOG(ATSC) 3180
          GEOG 4040/6040

     Electives (4 courses. Select one from each of the four categories):

      Geomorphology
          GEOG 3010
          GEOG 4020/6020
          GEOG 4030/6030
          GEOG 4060/6060
          GEOG 4070/6070
          WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L

      Climatology
          ATSC(GEOG) 3110
          GEOG 3120-3120L
          ATSC(GEOG) 3130
          ATSC(GEOG) 4120/6120
          ATSC(GEOG) 4150/6150
          ATSC(GEOG) 4160/6160

      Biogeography
          GEOG 3210
          GEOG 3290
          GEOG(PBIO) 4220/6220
          GEOG(PBIO) 4240/6240
          GEOG 4810/6810

      Remote Sensing
          ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
          GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L

Human Geography (1 course)*: select 1 3000- or 4000-level human geography course

*an additional human geography course (total of 2) is needed in relation to the AB degree

Note: All Departmental, College and University requirements for the AB and BS degree must be observed.

Geospatial Analysis and Visualization

The Geospatial Analysis and Visualization area of emphasis provides students with concepts, principles and techniques of geographic information science (GIScience) that focus on spatial analysis, modeling and cartographic mapping, including interactive and animated visualizations. This area of emphasis will prepare students for careers related to cultural and resource management, planning, environmental design and sustainable development that require geographic data analysis and display.

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography.

     Required Courses: (3 courses)
          GEOG 3510-3510L
          *GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
          GEOG 4470/6470-4470L/6470L

     Elective Courses: (select 2 courses)
          GEOG 4300/6300
          GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L
          GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L
          GEOG 4385S/6385S  
          *GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
          GEOG 4570/6570-4570L/6570L
          GEOG 4590/6590-4590L/6590L

     Human Geography (1 course): Select 1 3000- or 4000-level human geography course.

     Physical Geography (2 courses): Select 2 3000- or 4000-level physical geography courses.

Additional Information

Note: All Departmental, College and University requirements for the BS degree must be observed.

Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA in required and elective courses of Geospatial Analysis and Visualization area of emphasis may be qualified for a GIScience certificate. Please check UGA's GIScience Certificate Program for details.

*core course for the GISScience Certificate


Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry area of emphasis will provide students with principles and practice in the use of remote sensing data, sensors and applications including optical, radar and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies. Students will study photogrammetry, which is the science of making measurements from traditional aerial photographs and images from digital cameras. This area of emphasis will prepare students for careers in fields such as natural and cultural resource monitoring, geospatial intelligence, planning and disaster response.

Upper division courses: Students will take a total of 8 upper division courses in Geography.

     Required Courses: (4 courses)
          GEOG 3510-3510L
          *GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
          *GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
          GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L

     Elective Courses: (select 1 course)
          ATSC(GEOG) 4140/6140
          *GEOG 4410/6410-4410L/6410L
          GEOG 4430/6430-4430L/6430L
          GEOG 4470/6470-4470L/6470L
          GEOG 4570/6570-4570L/6570L
          GEOG 4590/6590-4590L/6590L

     Human Geography (1 course): Select 1 3000- or 4000-level human geography course.

     Physical Geography (2 courses): Select 2 3000- or 4000-level physical geography courses.

Additional Information:

Note: All Departmental, College and University requirements for the BS degree must be observed.

Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA in required and elective courses of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry area of emphasis may be qualified for a GIScience certificate. Please check UGA's GIScience Certificate Program for details.

*core courses for the GIS Certificate

 

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General Electives (34-36 hours)
(Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
Upper division (19-30 hours)
Any level (4-17 hours)
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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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