THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 45 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 24 units

5 courses required:
GEOG101Physical Geography3.0FS
GEOG102Human Geography3.0FS *NW
GEOG219Maps, Images and Mapping Data3.0FS
GEOG309Geography Research and Writing3.0FS
GEOG490Proseminar in Geography3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, senior standing, GEOG 309.
1 course selected from:
GEOG303Geography and World Affairs3.0FS *NW
GEOG304Environmental Issues3.0FS *
2 courses selected from:
GEOG313Introductory Cartography3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
GEOG315Spatial Analysis3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or MATH 105 or equivalent.
GEOG319Intro to Geog Info Systems3.0FS
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.

NOTE: Techniques courses completed for the Geography Core cannot be double counted toward the techniques courses taken in the geography advising options.

Major Option Course Requirements: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING: 21 units

3 courses required:
GEOG301Global Economic Geography3.0SP NW
GEOG320Intro Community & Rural Plng3.0FA
GEOG339American Cultural Landscapes3.0SP
2 courses selected from:
GEOG405SNature and Restoration3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 and GEOG 102 or equivalents.
GEOG425Community/Regional Development3.0FA
GEOG426Water Resource Policy/Plan3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 304 or equivalent.
GEOG435Historical Geog of North Amer3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
GEOG440Environ Thought and Action3.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission. 1-2 courses selected from:
GEOG352The United States3.0FA *
GEOG353Canada: Land and People3.0Inq
GEOG354Mexico: Land and People3.0FA *NW
GEOG355Cent Amer/Carib: Land/People3.0SP *NW
GEOG356South America3.0Inq
GEOG360Europe3.0Inq
GEOG365Former Soviet Union3.0Inq
GEOG370Pacific Rim Regions3.0Inq
GEOG378Australia and South Pacific3.0Inq
0-3 units selected from:
GEOG313Introductory Cartography3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
GEOG315Spatial Analysis3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or MATH 105 or equivalent.
GEOG319Intro to Geog Info Systems3.0FS
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
GEOG342Geomorphology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 102 or equivalent.
GEOG343Climatology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 120 or equivalent.
GEOG344Biogeography3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or introductory biology course or equivalent.
GEOG413Advanced Cartography3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 313.
GEOG417Field Techniques3.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
GEOG418Geog Image Interpretation3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 and GEOG 315 or equivalents.
GEOG419Advanced Geog Info Systems3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 315 and GEOG 319.
GEOG427Environmental Impact Analysis3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.
GEOG428Site Planning3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 219, GEOG 320, or equivalent.

NOTE: A course from outside the department may be selected with adviser approval.

OPTION IN PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY: 21 units

4 courses required:
GEOG342Geomorphology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 102 or equivalent.
GEOG343Climatology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or GEOS 120 or equivalent.
GEOG344Biogeography3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or introductory biology course or equivalent.
GEOG407Analysis of Global Change3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 342, GEOG 343, GEOG 344.
1 course selected from:
GEOG405SNature and Restoration3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 and GEOG 102 or equivalents.
GEOG426Water Resource Policy/Plan3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 304 or equivalent.
1 course selected from:
GEOG313Introductory Cartography3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
GEOG315Spatial Analysis3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or MATH 105 or equivalent.
GEOG319Intro to Geog Info Systems3.0FS
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
GEOG413Advanced Cartography3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 313.
GEOG417Field Techniques3.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
GEOG418Geog Image Interpretation3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 and GEOG 315 or equivalents.
GEOG419Advanced Geog Info Systems3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 315 and GEOG 319.
GEOG427Environmental Impact Analysis3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.
GEOG428Site Planning3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 219, GEOG 320, or equivalent.
1 course selected from:
GEOG301Global Economic Geography3.0SP NW
GEOG320Intro Community & Rural Plng3.0FA
GEOG339American Cultural Landscapes3.0SP

NOTE: Any 3-unit upper-division course from outside the department may be selected with adviser approval.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information. The Geography major requires advising and approval of the student's selected program each semester.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.

Geography and Economics Double Major

Students may take two geography and two economics courses from the following list. All 12 units will count toward both majors (geography courses will count toward 100-level electives in the economics major).

ECON360Urban Problems3.0FS
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
ECON365Environmental Economics3.0FS
ECON375Developing Countries3.0FS
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
ECON376Economics of the Pacific Rim3.0FS
Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 102 or faculty permission.
ECON462Urban-Regional Economics3.0FS
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
ECON465Economics of Energy3.0SP
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
GEOG301Global Economic Geography3.0SP NW
GEOG304Environmental Issues3.0FS *
GEOG320Intro Community & Rural Plng3.0FA
GEOG416Locational Analysis3.0Inq
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of GEOG 315 or equivalent.
GEOG425Community/Regional Development3.0FA

Geography and History Double Major

Students may elect a geography and history double major. Up to 6 units of appropriate upper-division history courses (HIST) may be applied to the geography major. Prior approval by a department adviser and the chair is required.