Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physical 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. This major requires students to select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors offered at Texas State. Various minors may be appropriate depending upon your interests and career goals. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics minors are highly recommended. Other minors may be appropriate depending upon your interests and career goals. Discuss possible options with your advisor.
  3. This major requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of Geography courses.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have at least a 2.50 major GPA for Geography 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. Required major courses include the following:
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 2426Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems4
    GEO 3301Research Methods in Geography3
  6. Required Geography core courses include the following:
    GEO 3305Climatology3
    GEO 3425Geomorphology4
    Select at least two courses from the following:6
    Landscape Biogeography
    Fluvial Processes
  7. Required Geography techniques courses include at least two courses from the following: 
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Remote Sensing and Earth Observation4
    GEO 3426Advanced GIS4
    GEO 4412Digital Image Processing and Machine Learning4
    GEO 4422Web Mapping4
    GEO 4424GPS and GIS4
    GEO 4430Field Methods4
  8. Geography electives to bring the required Geography hours to 36 should be selected in consultation with an advisor from the following courses:
    GEO 2310Global Environmental Change3
    GEO 2420Introduction to Geographic Information Techniques4
    GEO 2427Management and Implementation of GIS4
    GEO 3321Energy Resource Management3
    GEO 3434Water Resources4
    GEO 3349World Population3
    GEO 4310Regional Field Studies3
    GEO 4313Environmental Management3
    GEO 4314River Basin Management3
    GEO 4325Fluvial Processes3
    GEO 4334Groundwater Resources3
    GEO 4339Environmental Hazards3
    GEO 4350Solid Waste Planning and Management3
    GEO 4380Internship in Geography3
    Student may select one regional course as a Geography Elective from the following:3
    Geography of Europe
    Latin America
    United States and Canada
    Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
    Geography of Texas
    Geography of South and Southeast Asia
    Geography of China and Japan
    Geography of the Southwest
    Geography of the Russian Realm
  9. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  10. 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.
  11. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3American History Component Code 0603
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 24104
GEO 1309 or 1310 (TCCN GEOG 1302 or 1303)3 
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
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3ENG Literature Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 1410 (if required), or elective4
ENG 2310 (TCCN ENGL 2322)
American History Component Code 0603
ENG 2320 (TCCN ENGL 2323)
GEO 33013
ENG 2330 (TCCN ENGL 2332)
ENG 2340 (TCCN ENGL 2333)
ENG 2359 (TCCN ENGL 2327)
ENG 2360 (TCCN ENGL 2328)
 Modern Language 1420 (if required), or elective4
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
 GEO 24264
 16 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3Minor6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Electives (as needed)3
Minor3GEO Advanced Required/Electives7
GEO Advanced Required/Electives6 
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Electives (as needed)3Electives (as needed)6
GEO Advanced Required/Electives6GEO Advanced Required/Electives3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120