Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Geography (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: Political Science Minor and History Third Field)

Minimum required: 130 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Geography requires a minimum of 130 semester hours of coursework to graduate including:
    1. general education core curriculum requirements;
    2. major requirements;
    3. second and third teaching field requirements;
    4. additional college/degree requirements, which include either an additional sophomore English literature course or ENG 3303 (Technical Writing) and 8 hours of modern language (if students completed two years of the same modern language in high school, then no additional courses are required); and
    5. additional elective courses, as needed, to achieve the minimum 130 hours required for graduation, of which 36 hours must be advanced (3000—4000) level courses, and at least 9 semester hours must be writing intensive (WI)
  2. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA, at least a 2.50 major GPA for Geography, and a 2.50 GPA in the second and third teaching fields. In addition, students must make a “C” or higher in certain Core classes and in all coursework pertaining to each teaching field.
  3. This option in secondary teacher certification requires completion of the following 36 hours in Geography: 
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    GEO 1310World Geography3
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 2426Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems4
    GEO 3301Research Methods in Geography3
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    GEO 3309United States and Canada3
    GEO 3313Natural Resource Use and Management3
    or GEO 4313 Environmental Management
    GEO 3329Geography of Texas3
    GEO 4340Fundamental Themes in Geography3
    Select one additional techniques course from:4
    Maps and Mapmaking
    Principles of Remote Sensing
    Advanced GIS
    Field Methods
    OR two additional courses from (consult with your advisor):
    Geography of Europe
    Latin America
    Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
    Geography of South and Southeast Asia
    Geography of China and Japan
    Geography of the Southwest
    Geography of the Russian Realm
    Total Hours36
  4. The minor in Political Science (21 hours) requires completion of the following courses:
    POSI 3300Basic Political Ideas3
    or POSI 3301 Basic Political Institutions
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    Group 2 (American Government)6
    Group 3 (Public Law)3
    Select three hours from the following:3
    Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles
    Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties
    The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process
    Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics
    Total Hours21
  5. The third field in History (18 hours) requires completion of the following:
    HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
    HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
    HIST 2311History of World Civilization to the 17th Century3
    HIST 2312History of World Civilization from the 17th Century3
    HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey3
    HIST 4300Social Studies Resources and Practices3
    Total Hours18
  6. In addition to the major, minor, and third field requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education:
    CI 4370Classroom Management, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Secondary Teaching3
    CI 3325Adolescent Growth and Development3
    CI 4332Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology3
    CI 4343Instructional Strategies for the Secondary Teacher3
    RDG 3323Teaching Reading in the Content Areas3
    EDST 4681Student Teaching 7-12 (Student Teaching)6
    All coursework must be completed prior to student teaching.
    Total Hours21

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 13103HIST 13103 
POSI 23103ENG 13203 
Life and Physical Sciences3Life and Physical Sciences3 
MATH 1315 (or above, not MATH 1316)3GEO 13103 
GEO 13093GEO 24104 
US 11001  
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Select one of the following (ENG Literature):3ENG 3303 (or 2nd Literature)3 
 Modern Language 1420 (if required)0-4 
 HIST 23113 
 GEO Advanced6 
 COMM 13103 
Modern Language 1410 (if required)0-4  
HIST 13203  
PHIL 1305 or 13203  
POSI 23203  
GEO 33013  
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Select one of the following:3GEO Advanced6 
 HIST 33723 
 POSI 3300 or 33013 
 POSI Advanced3 
ECO 2301 or 231413  
HIST 23123  
GEO 24264  
POSI Advanced3  
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
GEO Advanced7CI 43323EDST 46816
POSI 43983HIST 43003 
POSI Advanced3Education Block:9 
CI 33253  
 16 15 6
Total Hours: 130

ECO 2301 or ECO 2314 is required to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the general education core curriculum.