Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Geography (GPY) with a concentration in Human Geography (USG)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0701

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Description

The undergraduate geography program offers courses in physical geography, human geography, and geographical analysis. Human geography courses focus on the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the historical evolution of urban form and function, land-use changes and conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations. Physical geography courses focus on major environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Geographical analysis courses provide skills in geographic information systems science and technology, remote sensing and spatial analysis. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida college System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

  • Two introductory courses in Geography with GEO prefix (6 credit hours) must be completed.

Total Major Hours: 44 Hours

Major Core

The Geography bachelor's degree of 44 total hours comprises six core courses (14 credit hours) that includes a specified concentration (30 credit hours). To complete their elective requirements for Geography, students are encouraged to consider courses offered in Geology and Environmental Science and Policy.

Major Core Courses - 14 Hours

Three concentrations are offered: Physical Geography, Human Geography, and General Geography, comprising 30 credit hours (10 courses) each. Students must identify a concentration in consultation with their academic advisor in the School of Geosciences and select appropriate courses as shown below.

Concentration Core Courses - 30 Hours

Students must take a minimum of:

  • Four courses from the Human Geography category (12 credit hours)
  • Two courses from the Human Environment Interaction category (6 credit hours)
  • One course from the Geographical Technique and Analysis category (3 credit hours)
    • GEO 4114C Geographical Techniques and Methodology
    • GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment
    • GIS 4300 Environmental Modeling with GIS
    • GIS 5075 Global Positioning Systems
  • One course from the Regional Perspectives category (3 credit hours)
  • Two additional courses selected from any Geography category (6 credit hours)
    • Student will take six credit hours of unduplicated coursework from any of the Geography categories.
      • A maximum of three credit hours can be taken as Directed Reading (GEO 4900) and/or Individual Research (GEO 4910) and count as one of these additional courses.

*Course may be taken one additional time.

Courses taken as Special Topics in Geography (GEO 4930) and Selected Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (EVR 4930) may substitute for elective courses in particular categories as designated by the undergraduate director.

Additional Major Requirements

Major GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 major GPA in order to graduate.

Major Grade Requirement

Students must earn a C- or better in all major coursework. 

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

Suggested course:

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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