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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..

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  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

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Natural Sciences Level I core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 GRG 2613 3
GRG 2623 3 Literature core 3
Social & Behavioral Science core 3 Mathematics core 3
Support work 3 Support work  3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 World Society & Issues core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
GRG 3113–3153, 3423, or 3433 3 GRG 3113–3153, 3423, or 3433 3
Foreign language (semester I) 3 or 4 GRG 3323 3
Free elective 3 Foreign language (semester II) 3 or 4
Upper-division free elective 3 Free elective 3
Upper-division GRG elective 3 Upper division GRG elective 3
Total semester hours 15 or 16 Total semester hours 15 or 16
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
GRG 3314 4 GRG elective 3
Free elective 3 Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 0 to 2
Upper-division free elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division GRG elective 3 Upper-division GRG elective 3
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 12 to 14

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