Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Environmental Geography

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography provides comprehensive academic training in the environment and how its many aspects interrelate across the landscape. Geographic knowledge is essential for understanding rapid social and environmental change in a globalized society. Environmental geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the Earth’s physical features. With training in both the natural and social sciences, environmental geographers have a wide range of career opportunities in public and private sectors. They find work in consulting, government, tourism, teaching, environmental analysis, non-profit organizations, and natural resource management. Environmental scientists are increasingly in demand for jobs that require expertise in bridging the gap between the social science and physical science aspects of natural systems.

In addition to the general environmental geography degree, a concentration is offered in atmospheric and climate sciences. The concentration is designed primarily for students who plan to enter a graduate program in atmospheric and/or climate sciences, or are interested in employment in the fields of applied atmospheric science and climatology and the delivery of weather and climate services. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Geography

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Geography major is met by completing Geography 480. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following courses with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average (39 to 41 credits):
    a. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    Students in the Atmospheric and Climate Sciences concentration must take MTH 132 or 152H.
    b. Two of the following courses (6 or 7 credits):
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    and
    GEO 206L Physical Geography Laboratory 1
    GEO 306 Environmental Geomorphology 3
    Students who choose Geography 206 must also enroll in Geography 206L either concurrently or in a subsequent term. Students in the Atmospheric and Climate Sciences concentration must take GEO 203 and may substitute GEO 201 for either GEO 206 or 306.
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
    GEO 151 Introduction to Human Geography 3
    GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
    GEO 330 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
    GEO 333 Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region 3
    GEO 335 Geography of Latin America 3
    GEO 336 Geography of Europe 3
    GEO 337 Geography of Asia-Pacific 3
    GEO 338 Geography of Africa 3
    GEO 339 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa 3
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    GEO 221L Introduction to Geographic Information Laboratory 1
    GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
    Students who choose Geography 221 must also enroll in Geography 221L either concurrently or in a subsequent term.
    e. The following course (3 credits):
    GEO 480 Senior Seminar (W) 3
    f. One of the following:
    (1) Students not pursuing a concentration:
    (a) Twelve additional credits in Geography courses including at least 6 credits at the 300-level and above and 6 credits at the 400-level.
    (b) Nine additional credits in courses from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or the College of Natural Science at the 300-level and above.
    (2) A concentration in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences.
    Atmospheric and Climate Sciences Concentration
    1. All of the following courses (24 credits):
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    2. Four of the following courses (12 to 16 credits):
    CSE 131 Technical Computing and Problem Solving 3
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    GEO 302 Climates of the World 3
    GEO 303 Severe and Hazardous Weather 3
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 403 Dynamic Meteorology (W) 3
    GEO 405 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial Geology and the Record of Climate Change 4
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    IBIO 303 Oceanography 4
    Students in the concentration may use GEO courses in items c., d., and e. above towards the College of Social Science college distribution requirement. Students in the concentration are not required to complete the College of Social Science ARTS AND HUMANITIES distribution requirement.