Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Geography Water Resources

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Geography Water Resources requires a minimum of 37 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 3434Water Resources4
    GEO 4314River Basin Management3
    GEO 4325Fluvial Processes3
    GEO 4334Groundwater Resources3
    or GEOL 4421 Hydrogeology
    GEO 4341Water Policy3
  4. Required Techniques Courses: At least one course from:
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Principles of Remote Sensing4
    GEO 4430Field Methods4
  5. The degree requires students to select a minor area of study from the approved list of minors. Minors may be any approved Texas State minor. Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Political Science, Anthropology, Business Administration, Plant and Soil Science, or Nature and Heritage Tourism are highly recommended to complement your Geography major in Water Studies.
  6. 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 elective)4Modern Language 1420 (if required), or elective)4
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)6Electives (as needed)3
GEO Advanced6GEO Advanced3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120