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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. At least 33 semester credit hours of Geography coursework are required to fulfill the Geography major. The 33-hour total is considered a minimum, and students are encouraged to deepen and broaden their grasp of their major through careful allocation of their elective semester credit hours. Students are required to complete at least 6 semester credit hours of support work. These courses, which require advance approval from advisors, should serve to introduce students to other social sciences in addition to those entailed in the coursework within students’ major discipline.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog. GRG 2613 may be used to satisfy a core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences as well as a major requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 34 semester credit hours in the major, 24 of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 19 semester credit hours:

      13 required semester credit hours:

      GRG  2613  Physical Geography
      GRG  2623  Human Geography
      GRG  3314  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
      GRG  3323  Spatial Analysis

      6 additional semester credit hours selected from the following:

      GRG  3113  Geography of the United States and Canada
      GRG  3123  Geography of Latin America
      GRG  3133  Geography of Europe
      GRG  3143  Geography of Mexico
      GRG  3153  Geography of Texas
      GRG  3166  Physical and Cultural Geography of the American Southwest
      GRG  3413  Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
      GRG  3423  Geopolitics of Russia and Eurasia
      GRG  3433  The Geography and Politics of the Asian Rim

    2. 15 additional semester credit hours of geography electives chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. A maximum of 6 of these hours, as approved by the student’s advisor, may be applied to the major from selected courses in the following three areas:

      urban and economic studies
      international studies
      earth science and resources

  2. 6 semester credit hours of courses in the social sciences outside the major, chosen with the consent of the advisor

  3. 6 semester credit hours of a single language other than English

  4. 32 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Geography

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Geography degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
GRG 2623 Human Geography 3
Creative Arts core   3
Support work   3
Free elective   3
Spring
GRG 2613 Physical Geography 3
Component Area Option core   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Mathematics core   3
Support work   3
Third Year
Fall
GRG 3113, 3123, 3133, 3143, 3153, 3166, 3413, 3423, or 3433 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division GRG elective   3
Spring
GRG 3113, 3123, 3133, 3143, 3153, 3166, 3413, 3423, or 3433 Geography of the United States and Canada (GRG 3113-3153) 3
GRG 3323 Spatial Analysis 3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
Free elective   3
Upper division GRG elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
GRG 3314 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division GRG elective   3
Spring
GRG elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   2-0
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division GRG elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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