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. Students 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. Students 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 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
US 11001American History Component Code 0603
GEO 1309 or 1310 (TCCN GEOG 1302 or 1303)3GEO 2410 (BA Science)4
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
GEO 33013BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3Modern Language 142014
Modern Language 141014GEO Techniques Select one of the following:4
American History Component Code 0603 
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
 16 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3GEO Advanced Electives7
Social and 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

Students must complete 6 hours of the same modern language (2310 and 2320). Most students complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.