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Geography: Geographic Information Science Emphasis - BS


S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Department of Environment and Society

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  • For more information about Geography, see the website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor for help with semester-by-semester planning, connections to co-curricular experiences, understanding of USU policies, and accessing USU resources. Students can log on to Degree Works to check student-specific progress.
  • Students can also have an emphasis in Human-Environment Geography .
  • All courses required for the major must be taken on an A-B-C-D-F basis. A grade of C- or better is required for all ENVS, GEOG, WATS, or WILD courses used to meet requirements for the major. The grade point average for all courses taught by the Quinney College of Natural Resources must be 2.5 or higher. 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements    see link University Studies Depth Requirements      see link

NOTES: The highest Math Requirement for this degree is STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL) .

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.5 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     Breadth American Institutions (BAI) Course    
ENVS 2000 - Natural Resources Professional Orientation  or  WATS 2000 - Natural Resources Professional Orientation  or  WILD 2000 - Natural Resources Professional Orientation   1  or 1  or 1     STAT 1040 - Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045 - Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)   3  or 5    
GEOG 1000 - Physical Geography (BPS)   3     Breadth Humanities (BHU) Course   3  
GEOG 1005 - Physical Geography Lab   1     Breadth Creative Arts (BCA) Course     3  

 

GEOG 1300 - World Regional Geography (BSS)  
3     Elective or Minor Course(s) 1-3  
Elective or Minor Course(s) 4        
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

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Spring Semester

Credits

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ENGL 2010 - Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     WILD 2200 - Ecology of Our Changing World (BLS)  or WATS 2220 - General Ecology  or BIOL 2220 - General Ecology    3  or 3  or 3    
GEOG 2800 - Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences  or  WILD 2800 - Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences  or  WATS 2800 - Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences   4  or 4  or 4     Integrated Studies Course 3  
GEOG 3100 - Human-Environment Geography (CI)   3     Degree Elective 3  
Degree Elective 3   Elective or Minor Courses 6  
Elective or Minor Course 3        
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

GEOG 3800 - Data Visualization    3     PSC 4810 - Climate and Climate Change (DSC/QI)   3    

 

GEOG 4210 - Geography of Utah  

 

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  GEOG 4870 - Geospatial Analysis   3    
ENVS 3500 - Environmental Data Science (QI)   3     Degree Elective  3  
Depth Humanities (DHA) /Communication Intensive (CI)   3   Elective or Minor Courses 6  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

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Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

WILD 5750 - Applied Remote Sensing   3          
Degree Electives 6   WATS 4930 - Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis   3    
Elective or Minor Courses 3   Degree Electives 6  
GEOG 4860 - Python Programming for GIS   3     Elective or Minor Course(s) 6  
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Geography Major Requirements (63 credits)


All courses required for the major must be taken on an A-B-C-D-F grade basis. A grade of C- or better is required for all ENVS, GEOG, WATS, or WILD courses used to meet requirements for a major in Geography. The grade point average for all courses taught by the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources must be 2.5 or higher.

Electives (18 credits)


Complete 18 credits chosen from the following list:

Depth Requirements


In addition to two CI courses, and one QI course, complete at least two credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA)  and Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) .