Major in Geography 2013-2014

The Geography department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Geography department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, Geography majors must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work in Geography with a C- or better (22 hours must be upper-division).

No pass/fail grades are allowed in the Geography major.

Transfer students majoring in Geography must complete at least 12 credit hours of upper-division Geography courses at CU-Boulder.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • GEOG 1001 (4) Environmental Systems 1 – Climate and Vegetation
  • GEO 112 (4) Physical Geography – Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 1011 (4) Environmental Systems 2 – Landscapes and Water
  • GEO 111 (4) Physical Geography – Landforms

One of the following:

  • GEOG 1982 (3) World Regional Geography
  • GEO 105 (3) World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 1992 (3) Human Geographies
  • GEO 106 (3) Human Geography
  • GEOG 2002 (3) Geographies of Global Change
  • GEOG 2412 (3) Environment and Culture
  • GEO 165 (3) Human Ecology

Additionally, students must take one other apppoved human geography course. See department list of approved courses. (GEOG 3**2 or GEOG 4**2)

One of the following:

  • GEOG 2053 (4) Mapping a Changing World
  • GIS 100 (1) GIS Fundamentals and
  • GIS 110 (3) Introduction to Cartography
  • GEOG 3053 (4) Cartography: Visualization and Information Design Systems
  • GIS 101 (3) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Students must take both GIS 100 and GIS 101 to receive credit for GEOG 3053.

NOTE: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

One of the following:

  • GEOG 4023 (3) Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Human Geography
  • GEOG 4043 (4) Cartography 2: Interactive and Multimedia Mapping
  • GEOG 4093 (4) Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG 4103 (4) Intro to Geographic Information Science
  • GIS 210 (3) Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 4173 (3) Research Seminar
  • GEOG 4203 (4) Geographic Information Science: Modeling Applications
  • GIS 211 (4) Spacial Data Modeling and Analysis
  • GEOG 4383 (3) Methods of Vegetation Analysis

Introductory Statistics

  • ANTH 4000 (3) Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • BCOR 1202 (3) Business Statistics
  • ECON 3818 (4) Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications
  • GEOG 3023 (4) Statistics for Geography
  • MATH 2510 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MAT 135 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • PSCI 2074 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
  • PSYC 3101 (4) Statistics and Research methods in Psychology
  • SOCY 2061 (3) Introduction to Social Statistics
  • SOCY 4061 (3) Social Statistics

Courses taken in other departments may be used to satisfy the statistics requirement, but credits earned in these courses are not counted in the 36 hours of geography. Only GEOG 3023 applies to the 36 hours required in the Department of Geography

NOTE: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

  • 11-18 additional credit hours of elective credit

Elective Credit:

The following courses have equivalencies and can be used to fulfill lower-division elective credit at CU Boulder.

  • GEOG 2412 (3) Environment & Culture
  • GEO 165 (3) Human Ecology
  • GEOG 3093-3 Geograpic Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
  • GEO 212-4 Remote Sensing and Digital Image
  • GEOG 4401-3 Soils Geography
  • AGY 240-4 Introductory Soil Science
  • GEOG 4892 (3) Geography of Western Europe
  • GEO 200 (3) Geography of Europe

NOTE: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.