B.S. in Geography

The Bachelor of Science with a major in geography requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 45-48 s.h. of work for the major. Credit required for the major depends on a student's choice of track. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 15 s.h. for the major in residence at the University of Iowa.

Geography majors may not earn the minor in geographic information science.

The major in geography is appropriate preparation for advanced training or careers in geographical and sustainability sciences. Students with strong interest in quantitative analysis and model building should pursue the Bachelor of Science and are encouraged to master an appropriate computer programming language.

Students choose one of three tracks in the major: environmental studies, geographic information science (GISci), or health and society. All students majoring in geography complete a common set of foundation courses in addition to the requirements for their choice of track. Bachelor of Science students take additional mathematics course work.

Consistent with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences maximum semester hours rule, students may count a maximum of 56 s.h. earned in their major department toward graduation.

The B.S. with a major in geography requires the following work.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Common Requirements

17-22

Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science Courses

10

Track Courses

15-19

Common Requirements

Students may not use a course to fulfill more than one major requirement.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

One of these:

 

GEOG:1010

Introduction to Human Geography

3

GEOG:1090

Globalization and Geographic Diversity

3

All of these:

 

GEOG:1020

The Global Environment

3

GEOG:1021

The Global Environment Lab

1

GEOG:1050

Foundations of GIS

3

One of these:

 

GEOG:1060

Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan

3

GEOG:1070

Contemporary Environmental Issues

3

GEOG:1090

Globalization and Geographic Diversity (if not chosen above)

3

GEOG:2110/GHS:2110

Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics

3

GEOG:2130

World Cities

3

GEOG:2910

The Global Economy

3

GEOG:2950

Environmental Conservation

3

One of these (not required for GISci track students):

 

GEOG:3340

Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems

3

GEOG:3500

Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing

3

GEOG:3520

GIS for Environmental Studies

3

GEOG:3540

Introduction to Geographic Visualization

3

GEOG:3560

Spatial Analyses of Wind Energy

3

GEOG:3570

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications

3

GEOG:4010

Field Methods in Physical Geography

3

GEOG:4020

Field Methods: Mapping and Mobile Computing

3

GEOG:4150/GHS:4150

Health and Environment: GIS Applications

3

GEOG:4650

Simulation in Environmental Geography

3

GEOG:5129/CEE:5129/ECE:5129/IE:5129/ME:5129

Information Systems for Resource Management

3

One of these:

 

GEOG:4030

Senior Project Seminar (offered only in spring semesters)

3

GEOG:4995

Honors Thesis (must enroll for 3 s.h. and make arrangements with a faculty advisor)

3

One of these (at least 1 s.h. required):

 

GEOG:3400

Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice

3

GEOG:3992

Undergraduate Research (including ICIGO or independent research)

arr.

CCP:1201

Academic Internship

1-3

Senior Project Seminar (GEOG:4030) is offered only in spring semesters. Students who choose GEOG:4995 Honors Thesis must make arrangements with a faculty advisor.

The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences is a participant in the University's internship program, which provides opportunities for students to participate in paid and unpaid activities related to their academic programs. The Pomerantz Career Center works with students to develop appropriate internships.

Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science Courses

Students must earn a minimum of 10 s.h. in statistics, mathematics or computer science course work by completing the following. Equivalent courses and courses with a higher course number also may be selected in consultation with, and approval by an advisor.

Students who complete the GIS track may not double count their required computer science courses for the statistics, mathematics or computer science courses requirement.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Both of these:

 

STAT:2010

Statistical Methods and Computing

3

STAT:3200/IE:3760/IGPI:3200

Applied Linear Regression

3

One of these:

 

CS:1210

Computer Science I: Fundamentals

4

CS:2110

Programming for Informatics

4

CS:2230

Computer Science II: Data Structures

4

MATH:1460

Calculus for the Biological Sciences

4

MATH:1380

Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business

4

 

 

 

Track Requirements

In addition, all majors must complete one of the four programs of study described above under Health and SocietyEnvironmental Studies, or Geographic Information Science (GISsci)  Students should pay close attention to prerequisites for the upper-level courses in each sequence so that they can develop and complete their programs in a timely fashion.

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