Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Geography

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. This major requires students to select a minor area of study from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors offered at Texas State. Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Plant and Soil Science, or Physics are minors that are highly recommended to complement your Geography major. Other minors may be appropriate depending upon your interests and career goals. Discuss other possible options with your academic advisor.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have at least a 2.50 Geography major GPA and at least a 2.25 Texas State GPA. Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all Geography courses that are to be counted for credit toward their major.
  5. Majors must complete at least 30 hours of Geography coursework including a Geography Techniques Course to be selected from: GEO 2426GEO 3411GEO 3416, or GEO 4430.
  6. Geography required elective courses (16 hours) are to be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.
  7. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  8. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  9.  Nine semester credit hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
GEO 1309 or 13103GEO 2410 (BA Science)4
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
GEO 33013BA ENG Literature3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Modern Language 142014
Modern Language 141014GEO Techniques Select one of the following:4
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3 
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
 16 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3GEO Advanced Electives7
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Minor6
GEO Advanced Electives3Modern Language 232013
Modern Language 231013 
 15-16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEO Advanced Electives6Free Electives (as needed)6
Free Electives (as needed)6Minor6
 15 12
Total Hours: 120-121