BA in Geography with a Specialization in Physical Geography

A major in geography with a specialization in physical geography requires the completion of 16 courses with a grade of C or higher in each course.

Courses

A core of six courses is required:

  • CAS GE 101
  • CAS GE 104
  • A choice of either CAS GE 302 or GE 365
  • And three of the following four:
    • CAS GE/BI 307
    • CAS GE 310
    • CAS ES 317
    • CAS ES 333

A course on human-environment interaction is also required: GE 594.

Required Related Science and Mathematics Courses

A calculus requirement may be met with CAS MA 123/124; 127; 129; or a score of at least 3 on the BC calculus Advanced Placement examination.

A statistics requirement may be met with CAS MA 213 or EC 305.

A physics requirement may be met with any of the following two-course sequences:

  • CAS PY 211/212
  • CAS PY 241/242
  • CAS PY 251/252

CAS BI 107 (or CGS NS 201) is also required.

Advanced Topical Courses

Three additional courses, at least two of which must be at the 400 level or above, are selected from four topical areas:

  • Methods
  • Landforms/soils/vegetation
  • Hydrology
  • Climate

In order to focus course selection, two of the three courses must be from a single topical area.

Methods

  • CAS GE 302
  • CAS GE 365
  • CAS GE 375
  • CAS GE 440
  • CAS GE 445
  • CAS GE 448
  • CAS GE 501
  • CAS GE 502
  • CAS GE 505
  • CAS GE 550
  • CAS GE 585

Vegetation/Soils/Landforms

  • CAS BI 303
  • CAS BI 306
  • CAS BI 417
  • CAS BI 448
  • CAS BI/GE 475
  • CAS ES 331
  • CAS ES 333
  • CAS ES 411
  • CAS GE 448
  • CAS GE/BI 525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrology

  • CAS GE/ES 483
  • CAS GE 514
  • CAS GE/ES 517
  • CAS BI 417

 

Climate

  • CAS GE 312
  • CAS GE 446
  • CAS GE/ES 483
  • CAS GE 503
  • CAS GE 504
  • CAS GE 507
  • CAS ES 351

Tropical Ecology Program in Ecuador

Students may choose to fulfill their advanced topical courses with any three of the following:

  • CAS BI/GE 438
  • CAS BI/GE 439
  • CAS BI/GE 440
  • CAS BI/GE 441

Unless a student has chosen the Ecuador program option, any two of the following courses may be applied as advanced topical courses:

School for Field Studies

Bhutan Himalayan Forests, Watersheds, and Rural Livelihoods

  • CAS EE 358

Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies

  • CAS BI/EE 371
  • CAS BI/EE 372
  • CAS EE 491
  • CAS EE 492

Costa Rica Sustainable Development Studies

  • CAS EE 374
  • CAS EE 377
  • CAS EE 491
  • CAS EE 492

Australia Tropical Rainforest Management

  • CAS BI/EE 369
  • CAS EE 370
  • CAS EE 491
  • CAS EE 492

    Panama Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies

    • CAS BI/EE 379
    • CAS EE 374
    • CAS EE 491
    • CAS EE 492

    Turks & Caicos Marine Resource Management Studies

    • CAS BI/EE 373
    • CAS EE 374
    • CAS EE 491
    • CAS EE 492

    Note: Students choosing this option are still required to take at least two of the three advanced topical courses at the 400 level or above, and at least two of the three courses must be from a single topical area.