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 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. 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, at least a 2.50 GPA in the professional sequence, 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. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  4. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 130. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 130 total or 36 advanced hours.
  5. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  6. This degree plan is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in the social studies disciplines:  Economics, Geography, Government, and History.  The Social Studies Composite with a Geography major, Political Science minor, and History third field requires the following 36 hours of Geography courses: 
    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
  7. The minor in Political Science requires the following 21 hours of Political Science courses:
    PS 3300Basic Political Ideas3
    or PS 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
  8. The third field in History requires the following 18 hours of History courses:
    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
  9. 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. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  10. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
Mathematics Component Code 0203Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
GEO 13093GEO 13103 
US 11001GEO 24104 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303  
 16 16 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3ENG 33033 
Modern Language 1410 (if required)0-4Modern Language 1420 (if required)0-4 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3HIST 23113 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3GEO Advanced Required/Electives6 
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
GEO 33013  
 15 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3GEO Advanced Required/Electives6 
ECO 2301 or 2314 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3HIST 33723 
HIST 23123PS 3300 or 33013 
GEO 24264POSI Advanced Group Electives3 
POSI Advanced Group Electives3  
 16 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
GEO Advanced Required/Electives7CI 43323EDST 46816
PS 43983HIST 43003 
POSI Advanced Group Electives3Education Block:9 
CI 33253  
 16 15 6
Total Hours: 130