Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physical Geography

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Physical Geography requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of Geography. 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.
  2. Required Major Courses:
    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
  3. Required Core Courses:
    GEO 3305Climatology3
    GEO 3425Geomorphology4
    Select at least two courses from the following:6
    Landscape Biogeography
  4. Required Techniques Courses: At least two courses from: 
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Principles of Remote Sensing4
    GEO 3426Advanced GIS4
    GEO 4412Digital Remote Sensing4
    GEO 4422Web Mapping4
    GEO 4424GPS and GIS4
    GEO 4430Field Methods4
  5. Geography Required Electives: In consultation with an advisor, select from the following courses to bring the required Geography hours to 36. 
    GEO 2310Introduction to Environmental Geography3
    GEO 2420Introduction to Geographic Information Techniques4
    GEO 2427Management and Implementation of GIS4
    GEO 3321Energy Resource Management3
    GEO 3434Water Resources4
    GEO 3349Population Geography3
    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
  6. The degree requires that students select a minor from the approved list of minors. Minors may be any approved Texas State minor. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics minors are highly recommended to complement your Physical Geography Major. Other minors may be appropriate depending upon your interests and career goals. Discuss possible options with your advisor.
  7. Texas State requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework to graduate including:
    1. general education core curriculum requirements;
    2. major requirements;
    3. minor 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 120 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)

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 13103HIST 13103
US 11001ENG 13203
POSI 23103Life and Physical Sciences3
Life and Physical Sciences3GEO 24104
MATH 1315 (or above, not MATH 1316)3 
GEO 1309 or 13103 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 13103POSI 23203
Select one of the following (ENG Literature):3Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 1410 (if required), or elective4Modern Language 1420 (if required), or elective4
HIST 13203PHIL 1305 or 13203
GEO 33013GEO 24264
 16 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Select one of the following:3Minor6
 Electives (as needed)3
 GEO Advanced7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
GEO Advanced6 
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Electives (as needed)3Electives (as needed)6
GEO Advanced6GEO Advanced3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120