Undergraduate Degree - Environmental Geography

Program:
Environmental Geography
Program Code:
7732 Environmental Geography
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS14
Department:
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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.

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Environmental Geography, BS (7732)

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
Conditions:
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 - Environmental Geography - Calculus
Major - Environmental Geography - Calculus: 1 course from MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H

Requirement 12: Major - Environmental Geography - Meteorology and Physical Geography
Major - Environmental Geography - Meteorology and Physical Geography: The required number of courses from 2 of the following sets of courses
1 course from GEO306
1 course from GEO203
2 courses from GEO206, GEO206L

Requirement 13: Major - Environmental Geography - Elective
Major - Environmental Geography - Elective: 1 course from GEO113, GEO151, GEO204, GEO330, GEO333, GEO335, GEO336, GEO337, GEO338, GEO339

Requirement 14: Major - Environmental Geography - Geographic Information
Major - Environmental Geography - Geographic Information: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
1 course from GEO363
2 courses from GEO221, GEO221L

Requirement 15: Major - Environmental Geography - Senior Seminar
Major - Environmental Geography - Senior Seminar: 1 course from GEO480

Requirement 16: Major - Environmental Geography - Geography 300 Level
Major - Environmental Geography - Geography 300 Level: 6 credits from Geography courses at the 300 level

Requirement 17: Major - Environmental Geography - Geography 400 Level
Major - Environmental Geography - Geography 400 Level: 6 credits from Geography courses at the 400 level

Requirement 18: Major - Environmental Geography - Agriculture and Natural Reources or Natural Science
Major - Environmental Geography - Agriculture and Natural Reources or Natural Science: 9 credits from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or the College of Natural Science at the 300-level and above.

Requirement 19: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.

Requirement 20: 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.

Requirement 21: 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 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 23: 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 24: 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.