May 22, 2019  
2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Geography Teaching, BS

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College of Natural Resources

Department of Environment and Society

(90-106 Credits)

The teaching major in Geography consists of the geography courses (38 credits minimum, shown in sections A, B, and C below), a teaching minor (17-33 credits), and the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) (35 credits). A 2.75 or higher overall cumulative GPA in 90 credits is required for admission to the STEP. The 2.75 minimum overall cumulative GPA must be maintained for graduation.

B. Geography Education Pedagogical Methods Courses (4 credits)

C. Geography Education Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students may select the remaining 12 credits in Geography from courses numbered 2000 and above. It is recommended that students take additional coursework in the following areas: regional, physical, and human geography; human-environment interaction techniques; technology in geography education; and classroom technology. All electives must be coordinated with a geography education advisor.

D. Teaching Minor (17-33 credits)

A teaching major in Geography also requires an approved teaching minor from another field of study acceptable to the Secondary Education Program of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL).

E. Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) (35 credits)

Students must complete three levels in the STEP. All three levels of the STEP will be offered during fall and spring semesters, not during summers. Levels of the STEP are taken as a package, not piecemeal. Each level must be satisfactorily completed before a student is advanced to the next level. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Prior to admission to the STEP, students in the Geography Teaching Major must complete MATH 1050 , unless their Math ACT score is 25 or higher.

Students should consult with advisors in major and minor departments for scheduling of special methods classes at Levels 1 and 2. Although certain combinations of majors and minors require three special methods classes, only two clinical experiences (total) should be scheduled at Levels 1 and 2. These in-school experiences are coordinated by methods instructors.

1. Level 1 (15-week courses) (11 credits minimum)

2. Level 2 (15-week courses) (12 credits minimum)

3. Level 3 (includes 13 weeks of student teaching and 2 weeks of Student Teaching Seminar) (12 credits)

F. Electives

After meeting the University Studies, USU upper-division, and geography teaching major requirements, students may take the remainder of their 120 required credits in any discipline and from any department.  ENVS 5000  is recommended.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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