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Geography (Watershed Science) - BS

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

Department of Watershed Sciences

Physical Geography Emphasis, Geography Major

In addition to the BS degrees in Watershed and Earth Systems and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the Department of Watershed Sciences administers the BS in Geography for students choosing an emphasis in Physical Geography. The complete degree requirements for the BS in Geography are listed here . Degree requirements for the Physical Geography emphasis in the Geography BS degree are listed below.

Overview of Geography Major

The Geography major consists of a minimum of 74 credits. Students choose one of three areas of emphasis: Human-Environment Geography, Geographical Analysis and Bioregional Planning, and Physical Geography. All students complete a common core of 15-16 credits, and also complete two courses from each of the other two emphasis cores, ensuring a broad and meaningful geography education.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  •   and   may be used toward the Breadth requirements.
  • An additional BPS course (such as   or  ) or an additional BSS course (such as an   or  ) if chosen as an elective , will fulfill the Exploration requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :


B. Physical Geography Emphasis (60-61 credits)

Students majoring in Geography are required to select an emphasis from one of the following three areas to complement the disciplinary core: Human-Environment Geography, Geographical Analysis and Bioregional Planning, or Physical Geography. Requirements for the Physical Geography emphasis are shown below. For information about requirements for the other two emphases (which are administered by the Environment and Society Department) see Geography, BS . Students must file an approved emphasis plan prior to applying for graduation, but it is recommended that they meet with their faculty advisor to develop and gain approval for the emphasis no later than midway through the first semester of the junior year. Courses requiring prerequisites are marked with **. For specific information about prerequisites, see the Course Descriptions  section.

C. General Electives (12 credits)

After meeting the University Studies, USU upper-division, and Geography Major requirements, students may take the remainder of their 120 required credits in any discipline and from any department.

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 (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 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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