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College of Social Science Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences Undergraduate Programs Geography - Bachelor of Science (this program is in moratorium effective Fall 2014 through Summer 2016)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography
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 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.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
The College’s NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT for the Geography major is met by completing 15 additional credits in courses offered by a department or program in the College of Natural Science, chosen from the following: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Entomology, Geological Sciences, Lyman Briggs, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Physiology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology. Students should see their academic advisor to obtain a list of approved courses which will meet this requirement.
The following required major courses (31 credits):
All of the following courses:
Introduction to Economic Geography
Physical Geography Laboratory
Introduction to Geographic Information
Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers and Planners
Senior Seminar (W)
One of the following courses:
Geography of the United States and Canada
Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of East Asia
Geography of Africa
Nine additional credits in Geography including at least one course at the 400 level.
Geography, BS (4351)Required Credits: 120 Program Version: FS16
Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Geography - Core
Major - Geography - Core: 6 courses from GEO113, GEO151, GEO206, GEO206L, GEO221, GEO463
Requirement 12: Major - Geography - Senior Seminar
Major - Geography - Senior Seminar: 1 course from GEO480
Requirement 13: Major - Geography - Regional Geography
Major - Geography - Regional Geography: 1 course from GEO330, GEO333, GEO335, GEO336, GEO337, GEO338, additional approved courses
Requirement 14: Major - Geography - 400 Level
Major - Geography - 400 Level: 3 credits from Geography courses at the 400 level
Requirement 15: Major - Geography - Electives
Major - Geography - Electives: 6 credits from Geography courses
Requirement 16: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Geography courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.
Requirement 17: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 9 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, 206, 340.
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 17
Requirement 18: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 19: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 20: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 21: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 22: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.