Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts and Science Degrees

The department offers two undergraduate degrees, a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science with a major in geography.

All students complete a core within geography that provides a broad background in the discipline and prepares them for pursuing either degree. The bachelor of arts allows a student to develop their own emphasis within the discipline and requires learning a second language.

The bachelor of science emphasizes proficiency in physical geography, geospatial methods, and human/environment interactions and develops skills in mathematics and statistics. All students are also required to have a minor. Students are encouraged to develop with their advisors an individualized program of study within these degrees.

The Department of Geography emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography and encourages the use of geospatial technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography). Our areas of specialization include the American West, biogeography, climatology, cultural historical geography, land use planning and water resources.

Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned departmental advisor every semester.

Bachelor of Arts - Geography Major

I. UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS 36-41

A. English – 3-6 credits

ENG 101 – Composition I 3
ENG 102 – Composition II 3
(NOTE: Students who place in ENG 102 are not required to complete ENG 101)

B. Mathematics – 3-5 credits

Select one of the following courses 3-5
*APST 270 – Introduction to Statistical Methods (4 credits)
MATH 120 – Fundamentals of College Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 128 – Precalculus and Trigonometry (5 credits)
*STAT 152 – Introduction to Statistics (5 credits)
MATH 176 – Introductory Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (3 credits)
MATH 181 – Calculus I (4 credits)

*Must also complete MATH 124 or achieve satisfactory score on placement examination to receive core math credit.

C. Natural Sciences – 6 credits

Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

D. Social Sciences – 3 credits

Refer to the “Social Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

E. Fine Arts – 3 credits

Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

F. Core Humanities – 9 credits

CH 201 – Ancient and Medieval Cultures 3
CH 202 - The Modern World 3
CH 203 – American Experience and Constitutional Change 3

G. Capstone Courses – 6 credits

Refer to the “Capstone” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

H. Diversity – 3 credits

Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

II. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 0-14*

*Credits may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language.

A. Foreign Language – 0-14 credits

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of six options: complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language; complete two semesters of Latin (LAT 111 and LAT 112) and two semesters of Greek (GK 111 and 112); complete and transfer to UNR a fourth semester proficiency through placement examination or other means through the department of foreign languages and literatures; show transcript evidence of successful completion of a fourth year high school course in foreign language; or participate in a studies abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 45

A. Geography Core – 24 credits

GEOG 103 – Introduction to Physical Geography 3 credits
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Natural Science requirement ‘Group B')
GEOG 106 – Introduction to Cultural Geography 3 credits
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Social Science requirement)
GEOG 200 – World Regional Geography 3 credits
GEOG 210 – Exploring, Measuring & Mapping Planet Earth OR
GEOG 205 – Applications of Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
GEOG 312 – Cartography OR
GEOG 311 – Maps and Image Interpretation 3 credits
GEOG 314 – Field Methods 3 credits
GEOG 325 – Research Methods 3 credits
GEOG 418 – Geographic Thought 3 credits
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Capstone requirement)

B. Geography upper division electives – 21 credits
(Please consult with a Geography advisor for a list of acceptable courses)

IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS 18-21 credits

V. ELECTIVES 7-29 credits

VI. TOTAL CREDITS - 128

40 or more credits must be courses numbered 300 or above.

Geography upper division electives may be any 300 or 400 class offered by the department. This list will not be printed in the catalog. See the department's course listing.

 

Bachelor of Science - Geography Major

I. UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS 37-40

A. English – 3-6 credits

ENG 101 – Composition I 3
ENG 102 – Composition II 3
(NOTE: Students who place in ENG 102 are not required to complete ENG 101)

B. Mathematics – 4 credits

MATH 181 – Calculus I 4

C. Natural Sciences – 6 credits

Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

D. Social Sciences – 3 credits

Refer to the “Social Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

E. Fine Arts – 3 credits

Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

F. Core Humanities – 9 credits

CH 201 – Ancient and Medieval Cultures 3
CH 202 - The Modern World 3
CH 203 – American Experience and Constitutional Change 3

G. Capstone Courses – 6 credits

Refer to the “Capstone” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

H. Diversity – 3 credits

Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum section in the University's General Catalog.

II. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A. Statistics - 6 credits

STAT 152 – Introduction to Statistics OR
APST 270 – Introduction to Statistical Methods 3
GEOG 416 – Spatial Analysis 3

III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - 45 credits

A. Geography Core – 24 credits

GEOG 103 – Introduction to Physical Geography 3
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Natural Science requirement ‘Group B')
GEOG 106 – Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Social Science requirement)
GEOG 200 – World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 210 – Exploring, Measuring & Mapping Planet Earth OR
GEOG 205 – Applications of Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 312 – Cartography OR
GEOG 311 – Maps and Image Interpretation 3
GEOG 314 – Field Methods 3
GEOG 325 – Research Methods 3
GEOG 418 – Geographic Thought 3
(May be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Capstone requirement)

B. Geography upper division electives - 21 credits

(Geography electives must be selected from an approved menu. Please consult with a Geography advisor for a list of acceptable courses.)
Geography methods courses 6
Geography science courses 9
Geography human/environment courses 6

IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS 18-21

V. ELECTIVES 16-22

VI. TOTAL CREDITS 128

Forty or more credits must be courses numbered 300 or above.

Geography menu for B.S. degree (held in department not printed in the catalog)

Methods - 6 credits (300 or above)
Geog 211 Introduction to maps and compass (1+3) 2 credits
Geog 311 Maps and image interpretation (2+3) 3 credits
Geog 312 Cartography (2+3) 3 credits
Geog 405R GIS I: Geographic information systems and science (3+3) 4 credits
Geog 407R GIS II: Geographic information systems and science (3+3) 4 credits
Geog 409R GIS design studio (2+3) 3 credits
Geog 411 Modeling using geographic information systems (2+3) 3 credits
Geog 412 Computer mapping (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 495 Internship

 

Science – 9 credits (300 or above)
Geog 121R Climate Change: The Science Basis (3+3) 4 credits
Geog 221 Strange and Dangerous Weather (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 321 Understanding climate (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 421 Climatology (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 431 Landforms (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 434 Biogeography (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 437 Geography of past environments (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 440 Mountain geography (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 472 Geography of arid lands (3+0) 3 credits

 

Human environmental 6 credits (300 or above)
Geog 300 Geography of the world economy (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 305 Community environmental problems (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 310 Seminar in cultural geography (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 342 Historical geography (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 350 Climate and myth (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 385 Fundamentals of urban planning (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 400 International issues for water development (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 435 Conservation of natural resources (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 438 Western water resources and management (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 446 Political geography (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 452 Urban geography  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 454 Urban landscape analysis  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 455 Planning ethics  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 457R Transportation planning and policy  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 458R Land use planning and policy(3+0) 3 credits
Geog 459 Housing planning & policy (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 460 Ethnic geography  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 464 Race, gender and the environment (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 466 Environmental planning and policy  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 470 Geographic explorations (variable credits)
Geog 471 Anglo America (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 473 Nevada: Patterns on the lands (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 474 The American West (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 476 Latin America  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 477 Geography and film (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 482  Europe (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 485 Russia  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 487 Middle East (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 488R Creating North American landscapes (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 488B Landscape of Lake Tahoe (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 489 East Asia  (3+0) 3 credits
Geog 490 Colloquium (1+0) 1 credit