BA/BS | Department of Geography and the Environment

BA/BS

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)

Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a concentration in human geography or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a concentration in either earth science or archaeology (see current catalog, Group C). All majors may also elect to minor in geology or archaeology, or obtain a certificate in geographic information systems (GIS).

In addition to core training in geographical concepts, our program provides students with training in the use of various geographic techniques.

Approximately 130 students at UNT major in geography. Students work directly with faculty members and receive individual advising and mentoring. Both BA and BS students choose geography courses per the instructions below. BS students replace the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences with one of the BS course groups listed at the end of this page.

Required Courses

  • GEOG 2110 Foundations of Geographic Research (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2170 Culture, Environment and Society (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2180 Geosystems, Environment and Society (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4800 Geography Capstone (3 credits)

BA Choose: 1 Technique, 1 Group A, 3 Group B, 3 Electives
BS Choose: 1 Technique, 3 Group A, 1 Group B, 3 Electives

Techniques Courses

Through techniques courses students learn to collect, analyze and display geographical information. These courses offer students training in cartography, global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing technology and statistics.

  • GEOG 3500 Introduction to GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4050 Cartography and Graphics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4060 Applied GIS: MapInfo Professional (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4170 Mapping and Field Methods (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4185 Statistical Research in Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4400 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4520 Intermediate GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4550 Advanced GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4560 Introduction to GIS Programming (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4570 Special Topics in GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4580 Health GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4590 Advanced GIS Programming (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4900 Special Problems (variable credit)
  • GEOG 4920 Internship in Geography (3 credits)

Group A: Earth Science

Earth science courses focus on earth's component systems of air, water, rock and life, as well as natural resource management and interactions between people and the physical environment.

  • GEOG 3420 Applied Biogeography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4030 British Isles Field School (3 credits)*
  • GEOG 4070 China Field School (6 credits)
  • GEOG 4240 Meteorology (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4250 Climatology (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4350 Geomorphology (3 credits)
  • GEOL 4710 Ecosystems: Structure, Function and Services (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4750 Surface Water Hydrology (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4875 Earth Science Topics (3 credits)
  • GEOL 3000 Geology of Texas (3 credits)
  • GEOL 3020 Historical Geology (3 credits)
  • GEOL 4630 Soils Geomorphology (4 credits)*
  • GEOL 4850 Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4900 Special Problems (variable credit)
  • GEOG 4920 Internship in Geography (3 credits)

*The British Isles Field School is a 6 credit-hour course with 3 hours from Group A and 3 hours from Group B.

*GEOL 4630 Soils Geomorphology contains an outdoor field component.

Group B: Human Geography

These courses examine how social, economic, political and cultural processes give rise to diverse landscapes and regions.

  • GEOG 3010 Economic Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 3100 U.S. and Canada: Economies, Cities and Sustainability (3 credits)
  • GEOG 3750 Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa (3 credits)
  • GEOG 3770 Latin America: Geography and Globalization (3 credits)
  • GEOG 3780 Geography of Mexico (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4030 British Isles Field School (3 credits)*
  • GEOG 4040 Ghana Field School (6 credits)
  • GEOG 4120 Medical Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4210 Urban Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4220 Applied Retail Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4410 Location-Allocation Modeling (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4420 Critical Resource Geography: Population, Nature, Food and Energy (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4885 Human Geography Topics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4900 Special Problems (variable credit)
  • GEOG 4920 Internship in Geography (3 credits)

*The British Isles Field School is a 6 credit-hour course with 3 hours from Group A and 3 hours from Group B.

BS Course Groups

Students choosing to pursue a BS must also elect one of the following groups in lieu of the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Group 1: Computer Science

Select TWO of the following:

  • CSCE 1020 Program Development (4 credits)
  • BCIS 3610 Basic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • GEOG 4560 Introduction to GIS Programming (3 credits)

Group 2: Mathematics

ONE course, at least 3 hours, in addition to MATH 1680.

Group 3: Physical and Natural/Life Sciences

TWO advanced-level courses, each at least 3 hours, in physics, chemistry or biology.

Group 3 courses may be from different departments (for example, one in physics and one in chemistry).

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