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Geography (B.A.)

Geography is a social science that explores the ways in which humans have organized their activities in space, used and modified the earth’s resources and environments, and created distinctive landscapes and regions. These concerns are inherently interdisciplinary. Geographers who study spatial organization forge close ties with urban and regional economists, sociologists and planners, as well as with those who study international trade and economic growth. Geographers who explore environmental relationships have become skilled in earth science (for example, geomorphology or climatology) or have become leaders in the development of cultural ecology, linking closely with anthropology and archaeology., Geographers have played leading roles in the development of urban studies and of regional science, and are active in such policy arenas as urban and transportation planning, regional development, risk analysis, and environmental management.

Recently, geographic analysis has been enriched by the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, and U.T. Dallas has created a graduate certification program for those who wish to add GIS competencies to their marketable skills. This certification is recommended for all geography majors who meet the requirements for enrolling in graduate courses. Students interested in the GIS Certificate should consult with their academic advisor.

Geography majors who graduate from U.T. Dallas, especially those who incorporate the GIS Certificate into their curriculum, are provided an educational experience to allow them to put their degrees, backgrounds, and experience to use in a wide variety of post graduate educational and occupational positions, including:

  • Graduate School in Geography (or a related social, policy or environmental science discipline, including our own graduate programs in Geographic Information Sciences, Political Economy and Public Policy, and Public Affairs);
  • Urban, Environmental or Transportation Planning ;
  • Public Policy or Management;
  • Marketing, Real Estate or Locational Analysis programs needing GIS-competent investigators;
  • Employment in GIS-using Agencies at the federal, state and local government level.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
    A. Communication (6 hours)
        3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
        3 hours Communication Elective (GEOG 3377)2
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
        6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
        6 hours American History
        3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (SOC 1301, SOC 2319, CJS 1301, or CJS
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
        3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
        3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
        3 hours Mathematics (at or above the level of College Algebra)
        3 hours Quantitative Reasoning (SOCS 3305)2
    E. Science (9 hours)
        GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory
        GEOS 1104 History of Earth and Life Laboratory
        GEOS 1303 Physical Geology
        GEOS 1304 History of Earth and Life
        1 hour Science elective

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education.
2 The courses listed in parenthesis are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at U.T. Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 52 hours
    Major Preparatory Courses (9 hours)
        ECO 2302 Principles of Microeconomics*
        GEOG 2301 Social Relations and Spatial Organization*
            or GEOG 2303 People and Place: An Introduction to World Geographic Regions
            or GEOG 2304 The Human Mosaic: Culture and Space
        GEOG 2302 The Global Environment*
        GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory2
        GEOS 1104 History of Earth and Life Laboratory2
        GEOS 1303 Physical Geology2
        GEOS 1304 History of Earth and Life2
    Major Core Courses ( 25 hours)
        GEOG 3304 Tools for Spatial Analysis
        GEOG 3377 Urban Planning and Policy2
        SOCS 3105 Social Statistics Laboratory
        SOCS 3305 Introduction to Social Statistics2
        Four of the following:
            GEOG 3301 Cultural Ecology
            GEOG 3331 Urban Growth and Structure
            GEOG 3341 Politics, Place and Space
            GEOG 3370 The Global Economy
            GEOG 3371 Introduction to Economic Development
        One of the following:
            CJS 3301 Theories of Justice
            ECO 4320/PA 4313 Public Sector Economics
            GOVT 4361/SOC 4361 Law and Society
            GOVT 4364/SOC 4364 Civil Rights Law and Society
    Major Related Courses (24 hours)
        18 hours Geography upper-division electives
        6 hours Major and Related electives3

2 A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
3 Most students take upper-division GEOG courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students seeking the Certificate in GIS must satisfy the requirements for taking graduate classes as an undergraduate student. The GIS Certificate requires POEC 6381, 6382, 6383, 6387, and a prescribed option course.
* Indicates a prerequisite to be completed before enrolling in upper-division GEOG courses.

III. Elective Requirements: 26 hours
    Advanced Electives (6 hours)
        All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major
        field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that
        have prerequisites.
    Free Electives (20 hours)
        This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of
        study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for

Minor in Geography (18 hours)

For a minor in Geography, students must take GEOG 2302, GEOG 3304, GEOG 3370 and three additional Geography (GEOG) or Geographic Information Sciences (GISC) courses, with no more than one at the lower division (100 or 200 level).


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