Bachelor of Science, Major Geography (Environment, Culture, and Development)

Bachelor of Science, Major in Geography (Environment, Culture, and Development)
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 33
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 43
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Life and Physical Science (2 Courses Beyond Core)8
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics 13
or STAT 3379 Statistical Methds in Practice
Major: Foundation
GEOG 1401Weather and Climate (Component Area III) 24
Introduction or Regional Geography-Select one of the following:3
People, Place and the Envrnmt 4
World Reg Geo-Eur Asia Aust 3
Reg Geo-Lat Am Africa So Asia 3
Regional Geography:US & Canada (Can only be taken once)
Physical Geography-Select one of the following:3
Physical Geography
Physical Geology 2
Geologic & Environmental Hazards 2
GEOG 3301Environmental Geography (Advanced Environmental Core)3
GEOG 3350Cultural Geography (Advanced Human Core)3
GEOG 2464Intro to Geographic Info Sys4
Major: Required (Concentration)
Human Geography-Select four of the following:12
Sustainable Development
Tourism Geography
Regional Geography:US & Canada (Can only be taken once)
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Population Geography
Transportation Geography
Cultural Field Study
Physical/Environmental Geography-Select three of the following:9-10
Sustainability & Environment
Hydrology and Water Resources
Conservation of Natural Res
Field Studies
Geomorphology
Advanced Geo-Spatial Technique Courses-Select one of the following: 3-4
Computer Cartography
Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
Applied Geographic Info Systms
Remote Sensing
Major: Prescribed Electives
Advanced GEOG or GEOL Electives6
GEOG Elective 53
Minor: Required 6,7
Minor18
Total Hours120-122
1

MATH 1342 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement of Component Area II (Mathematics). 

2

GEOG 1401, GEOL 1403, or GEOL 1405 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science).

3

GEOG 2355 GEOG 2356, WOLC 2311, or WOLC 2312 satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture). 

4

GEOG 1300 satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences). 

5

Additional GEOG electives may be necessary depending on student course selection with Core Curriculum overlap. 

6

12 semester credit hours from minor courses should be used to meet 42 advanced hours requirement. 

7

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Component Area III4
Component Area IX1ENGL 130223
ENGL 130123HIST 130243
GEOG 140134Introduction or Regional Geography 5, 6, 73
HIST 130143POLS 230583
 14 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Component Area VIII3
Component Area V3Advanced GEOG or GEOL 3
GEOG 2341, GEOL 1403, or GEOL 140533GEOG 33013
MATH 1342 or STAT 337913GEOG 33503
POLS 230683Minor Course 93
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced GEOG or GEOL3Component Area IV3
GEOG 24644Component Area IX3
Human Geography 103Advanced Geo_Spatial Techniques 123-4
Minor Course93Advanced Minor Course 93
Physical and Environmental Geography 113-4Human Geography 103
 16-17 15-16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Minor96Advanced Minor93
Human Geography 103GEOG Elective 133
Component Area III4Human Geography 103
Physical and Environmental Geography 113Physical and Environmental Geography 113
 16 12
Total Hours: 120-122
1

MATH 1342 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement of Component Area II (Mathematics). 

2

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communication).

3

GEOG 1401GEOL 1403, or GEOL 1405 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science).

4

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

5

Select one from the Introduction or Regional Geography Course list below. 

6

GEOG 1300 satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences). 

7

GEOG 2355 GEOG 2356WOLC 2311, or WOLC 2312 satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture). 

8

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

9

12 semester credit hours of the minor should be used to meet the 42 advanced hours requirement. 

10

Select one from the Human Geography list below.

11

Select one from the Physical/Environmental Course list below. 

12
Select one from the Advance Geo-Spatial Technique Course list below.  
13

Additional GEOG electives may be necessary depending on student course selection with Core Curriculum overlap. 

Introduction of Regional Geography Courses 5
GEOG 1300People, Place and the Envrnmt3
GEOG 2355World Reg Geo-Eur Asia Aust3
GEOG 2356Reg Geo-Lat Am Africa So Asia3
GEOG 3359Regional Geography:US & Canada3
Human Geography Courses 10
GEOG 3310Sustainable Development3
GEOG 3352Tourism Geography3
GEOG 3359Regional Geography:US & Canada3
GEOG 4351Economic Geography3
GEOG 4356Urban Geography3
GEOG 4357Population Geography3
GEOG 4359Transportation Geography3
GEOG 4360Cultural Field Study3
Physical/Environment Geography Courses 11
GEOG 3320Sustainability & Environment3
GEOG 4330Hydrology and Water Resources3
GEOG 4331Conservation of Natural Res3
GEOG 4432Geomorphology4
GEOG 4333Field Studies3
Advanced Geo-Spatial Technique Courses 12
GEOG 3363Computer Cartography3
GEOG 4361Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
GEOG 4365Applied Geographic Info Systms3
GEOG 4468Remote Sensing4

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Environmental Science (Pollution Abatement) is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Use the scientific method to address environmental and human problems.
  • Think critically and problem solve.
  • Use statistics to evaluate hypotheses.
  • Communicate and engage with technical writing
  • Gather, manage, analyze and interpret spatially referenced data.
  • Work with maps, spatially referenced databases, and range of geospatial technologies.
  • Apply knowledge and awareness of ecosystems and cultural environments in order to address a range of environmental and social issues,