Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Geography Resource and Environmental Studies

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 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.
  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:
    Select one of the following options:3-6
    Option A:
    Introduction to Environmental Geography
    and Natural Resource Use and Management
    Option B:
    Introduction to Environmental Geography
    Natural Resource Use and Management
    Select at least two of the following:
    Energy Resource Management
    Water Resources
    Solid Waste Planning and Management
    Air Quality Management
  7. Required Geography capstone is GEO 4313.
  8. Required Geography techniques courses include at least one course from the following:
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Principles of Remote Sensing4
    GEO 4430Field Methods4
  9. Geography electives to bring the required Geography hours to 36 should be selected in consultation with an advisor from the following courses:
    GEO 1305Meteorology3
    GEO 3134Water Quality Monitoring and Management1
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    GEO 3305Climatology3
    GEO 3310Urban Geography3
    GEO 3320Community and Regional Planning3
    GEO 3335Oceanography3
    GEO 3340Political Geography3
    GEO 3349Population Geography3
    GEO 3425Geomorphology4
    GEO 3426Advanced GIS4
    GEO 4309Cultural and Political Ecology3
    GEO 4310Regional Field Studies3
    GEO 4314River Basin Management3
    GEO 4316Landscape Biogeography3
    GEO 4322Interpretive Environmental Geography3
    GEO 4325Fluvial Processes3
    GEO 4326Parks and Protected Places3
    GEO 4334Groundwater Resources3
    GEO 4339Environmental Hazards3
    GEO 4341Water Policy3
    GEO 4380Internship in Geography3
    GEO 4412Digital Remote Sensing4
    Students may select one regional course as a Geography Elective from the following:
    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
  10. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  11. 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.
  12. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 24104
GEO 1309 or 13103 
Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3ENG Literature Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 1410 (if required), or elective4 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3 
GEO 33013 
 Modern Language 1420 (if required), or elective4
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
 GEO Advanced Required/Electives3
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3Minor6
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Electives (as needed)3
Minor3GEO Advanced Required/Electives7
GEO 24264 
GEO Advanced Required/Electives3 
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Electives (as needed)6Electives (as needed)3
GEO Advanced Required/Electives6GEO Advanced Required/Electives3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120