Undergraduate Program

Areas of Emphasis

Course requirements for a geography degree move students through a core curriculum and expose them to foundational perspectives in human geography, physical geography and geographic methods. From there, students are encouraged to pursue, with the consultation of an advisor, one of the following emphasis areas:

     

New Areas of Emphasis!  Effective Fall 2017!

Course requirements for a geography degree move students through a core curriculum and expose them to foundational perspectives in human geography, physical geography and geographic methods. From there, students are encouraged to pursue, with the consultation of an advisor, up to two of the following emphasis areas (click on each title to display a requirement list):

  • Climate Change & Landscape Dynamics: This emphasis focuses on the Earth system, its processes, and the impacts of these processes on the environment. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in one or more of the following areas: climate, biogeography, geomorphology, and hydrology/cryogeography. Recent and future changes in the Earth's climate represent one of the greatest challenges for modern society, and courses in this emphasis cover the climate system, climate change, and impacts of climate change on the environment and society. Courses on biogeography provide expertise on the global patterns of life, and geomorphology allows students to gain an understanding of the processes that shape the landscapes that surround us. Water is a regionally and globally important resource, and the cryosphere represents the environments that are most vulnerable to climate change.

  • Geographic Information Science (GIS): This emphasis combines theories of how geographic information is used to represent real-world phenomena with methods for applying this information to 21st century social-environmental problems. Geotechnology is a rapidly advancing field that has been placed alongside biotech and nanotech as one of the fastest growing employment areas in the coming decades.  Students who complete this major also complete all the requirements for the undergraduate Applied GIS CertificateStudents who want to also get the certificate must still fill out a Certificate Completion Form in the Geography Main Office in their last semester to receive the certificate.

  • Population, Development, & Sustainability:  This emphasis focuses on sustainable population growth and urban systems. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in either Urban or Sustainable Development areas. The United Nations has projected that by 2050 the world’s population will be 9.7 billion. Because of employment and access to social resources, including medical assistance and educational opportunities, much of this population growth will occur in urban areas.  These urban areas vary in their stages of development, and environmental impacts, such as climate change threaten to decrease the livability of already established urban areas. At the fringes of many major cities around the world, informal settlements already house impoverished people of all ages. A lack of sustainable development in the future will lead to further poverty, disease, and death. The courses in this emphasis cover concerns of population growth: cities, transportation, politics, health, energy, environment, and economics. Upon completion, students will understand today’s major issues with population growth globally and best practices to alleviate much of the burden of future growth.

  • Hazards, Resilience, & Human Security: This emphasis focuses on human security from natural and anthropogenic hazards, and building resiliencies on local, regional, and global scales. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in either Hazards or Environmental Management and Policy areas. There are many uncertainties in the world today that put populations at risk including climate change, global terrorism, pollution, and contagious disease. Not planning and mitigating for these hazards can cause catastrophic human and environmental damages. This emphasis explores hazards, policies, and management in the context of human security. The courses in this emphasis cover topics of natural hazards, health and disease, terrorism, crime and climate change. Upon completion, students will have knowledge of many hazards and human vulnerabilities, as well as related policies and resiliencies constructed to increase human security.

  • Remote Sensing of the Environment:  Remote sensing relies on measurements of electromagnetic radiation to monitor the Earth and its environmental systems using satellites, aircraft, sensor networks and UAVs.  This emphasis allows students to get in-depth, valuable knowledge on how remote sensing data are collected, processed, and used for a multitude of applications.  Remote sensing skills are increasingly sought after in a variety of disciplines, and by many employers in environmental and intelligence fields.

 

 ** GEOG 3040 is soon to be discontinued. If you have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course.

 

**For students that were already declared in one of the previous emphases (Climate Change; Global Development, Population, & Sustainability; Urban Systems, Location, & Resilience; Ecology & Biogeography; Geomorphology & Hydrology; and Hazards, Resources, & Human Security), you are grandfathered into your original emphasis(es) from Catalog Year 2016-2017 and must graduate within 3 years with original emphasis(es).  If you have questions, would like a requirements handout on your declared emphasis, or would like to switch to one of the new emphases: book an advising appointment by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

BS / MSGIS Combined Degree Program

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the field of study that combines digital mapping, satellite remote sensing, GPS, cartography, and geospatial analysis. Graduates with skills in GIScience are in high demand. While entry level jobs in GIScience are attainable with a Bachelor’s degree, many analyst positions require Master’s level training. The combined BS/MSGIS allows students to get focused GIScience training and complete both their Bachelors and Masters degrees in just five years.

To enroll in the combined program, students must be in their freshmen (or sophomore year*) and meet with the Geography undergraduate advisor.  Students must then apply for admission into the MSGIS program by April 1 of their junior year. Notification of acceptance into the program will take place before May 1 of students’ junior year. Students must be enrolled as Geography majors at the time of applying for the BS/MSGIS degree option, and entering students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Check out the BS-MSGIS Student Handbook for more information.

*Depending on what requirements have been completed by sophomore year will depend on acceptance into the combined program.

Book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page for more information.

 

PROGRAM OF STUDY

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete at least 122 credits for the BS in Geography. Course requirements are listed in the table below.

Required Courses: (Geography Core Requirements)

  • GEOG 1000 - Earth Environments and Global Change SF (3)
  • GEOG 1400 - Human Geography BF (3)
  • GEOG 3020 - Geographical Analysis QB/QI (4)
  • GEOG 3040 - Principles of Cartography (4) **
  • GEOG 3140 - Introduction to GIS QI (4) **

One of the following: (Upper division physical geography choice)

  • GEOG 3/5200 - Geomorphology: Mtns, Rivers, Deserts (4)
  • GEOG 3/5205 - Regional and Global Climates (3)
  • GEOG 3/5210 - Global Climate Change SF (3)
  • GEOG 3/5215 - Climate Change and Its Impacts (3)
  • GEOG 3/5290 - Water in Utah AS (3)
  • GEOG 3/5292 - Snow and Ice (3)
  • GEOG 3310 - Introduction to Natural Hazards SF (3)

One of the following: (Upper division human geography choice)

  • GEOG 3/5190 - Introduction to Medical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 3350- Resource Conservation & Environmental Mgmt. (3)
  • GEOG 3/5375 - Sustainable Transportation (3)
  • GEOG 3420 - Political Geography (3)
  • GEOG 3/5440 - Global Economic Geography IR (3)
  • GEOG 3480 - Urban Geography (3)
  • GEOG 3620 - Geography of North America DV (3)

One of the following: (Geography CW choice)

  • GEOG 3/5270 - Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life CW (4)
  • GEOG 3/5400 - Population Geography CW (4)

GIS combined program required courses:

  • GEOG 1180 - Introduction to Geo-Programming (3)
  • GEOG 3110 - The Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of Environ. SF (3)
  • GEOG 5110 - Environmental Analysis Through Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOG 5140 - Methods in Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • GEOG 5170 - GeoData Field Methods (3)

TOTAL COURSES (min. 13)

TOTAL RESIDENCY HRS. (18 credit hrs. at UofU Geog. Dept.)

ALLIED CREDIT REQUIREMENT:
12 credit hours of allied coursework are also required. These courses will generally be in the student’s interest/specialization area and can be done in any of the following departments: Atmospheric Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; City and Metropolitan Planning; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Geology; Math; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Philosophy; Physics; or any department** in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. **(Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Health Society and Policy, Military Science, Naval Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

** GEOG 3040 is soon to be discontinued. If you have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course.


MSGIS REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete at least 30 credits for the MSGIS. Combined BS/MSGIS students must complete the required courses (listed below) plus a minimum of 6 credit hours of elective course work. All MSGIS students are required to assemble a portfolio as courses are completed which includes examples of work demonstrating mastery of the selected GIS skills. Students will present this portfolio project and answer questions from the Supervisory Committee during the final oral exam at the end of the program.

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • GEOG 6000-Spatial Statistics (4)
  • GEOG 6150-Spatial Data Design (4)
  • GEOG 6160-Spatial Modeling with GIS (4)
  • GEOG 6161-Capstone in GIS (3)
  • GEOG 6162-Project Management (3)
  • GEOG 6165-Web GIS (3)
  • GEOG 6180-Geo-processing with Python (3)

Sub Total 24

*ELECTIVE COURSES (select two from list)

  • GEOG 6010-Geocomputation (4)
  • GEOG 6020-Advanced Spatial Analysis (3)
  • GEOG 6120-Environmental Optics (3)
  • GEOG 6130-Advanced Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOG 6190-GIS Environmental & Public Health (3)

*Students may take graduate seminars to fill this requirement

Sub Total 6 or 7

TOTAL 30 or 31

A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in graduate course work is required. No graded work below a "B-" is acceptable toward the degree. No course can be counted toward both degrees.The MSGIS degree cannot be awarded separately without satisfying all requirements for the BS degree. Courses taken for the graduate degree will not be eligible for graduate credit until the requirements for both degrees are satisfied.


Sample Schedule

Fall 1

  • SF GEOG 1000 3
  • WR WRTG 2010 3
  • FF 3
  • **Allied credit 3
  • *ANY 3

Semester Total 15

Spring 1

  • GEOG 1400 3
  • QA MATH 1050 3
  • FF 3
  • AI 3
  • *ANY 3

Semester Total 15

Fall 2

  • GEOG 3040 4 **
  • QI GEOG 3140 4 **
  • **Allied credit 3
  • HF 3
  • *ANY 1

Semester Total 15

Spring 2

  • QB/QI GEOG 3020 4
  • GEOG Human choice 3
  • HF 3  
  • DV 3
  • *ANY 2

Semester Total 15

Fall 3

  • GEOG 5170 3 
  • SF GEOG 3110 3 
  • CW GEOG 3400 4
  • IR 3
  • *ANY 2

Semester Total 15

Spring 3***

  • GEOG 5110 3
  • GEOG 5140 4  
  • GEOG 1180 3  
  • **Allied credit 3     
  • *ANY 3 

Semester Total 16

Fall 4

  • GEOG Physical choice 3 
  • GEOG 6000 4 
  • GEOG 6150 4 
  • *ANY 4 

Semester Total 15    

Spring 4

  • **Allied 3
  • GEOG MSGIS elective 3
  • GEOG 6160 4 
  • *ANY 5

Semester Total 15

Fall 5

  • GEOG 6162 3 
  •  GEOG 6165 3 
  • GEOG 6180 3
  • *ANY 6  

Semester Total 15  

Spring 5

  • GEOG MSGIS elective 3
  • GEOG 6161 3
  • *ANY upper division 9

Semester Total 15

DISCLAIMER: Students enrolled in the combined degree program must consult with the department advisor each semester prior to the add/drop deadline on the second Friday of the semester. Note: This is just a sample. Your academic record may fit into this program differently. Meet with your academic advisor to customize a program of study.

*ANY=prerequisites, free electives, recreation courses, 2nd major requirements, minor requirements, certificate requirements, 2nd emphasis requirements, UROP, study abroad, or internship credits

**Allied credit (12 hours minimum)=Courses in your Interest/specialization area from the following departements: Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, City and Metropolitan Planning, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Geology, Math, Parks/Recreation/Tourism, Philosophy, Physics, or any department in the College of Social and Behavioral Science (Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Ethnic Studies Family and Consumer Stsudies, Gender Studies, Health/Society/Policy, Military Science, Naval Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

***Students must apply for admission to the MSGIS program by April 1st of their junior year and maintain a cum gpa 3.0.  Once in the MSGIS program, students must also maintain grades of B- or better in all graduate classes.

Geography Field Trip Courses

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3000 Geo-Excursions in Utah (4)
Get outside and see how field science is done!. In this course, you'll see some of Utah's excellent scenery and you'll experience firsthand how geoscientists collect data on site. Learn by doing! This class is centered around weekly lectures and four Friday all-day field trips. Topics of the class will vary by semester. Current topics include: snow processes and hydrology of the Wasatch Mountains, and Utah's scenic landforms such as the Great Salt Lake and the Uinta Mountains.  This class is repeatable two times for credit if taken from different instructors.

3170 Satellites, Lasers and Compasses: Field Methods for Geographic Data (3)
Meets with GEOG 5170. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5170 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. This course provides instruction on how to conduct fieldwork related to surveying and the collection of geospatial information. Students will gain an understanding of both the technical skills and methodological concerns related to planning an implementing field projects. All phases of the data collection process, including project design, planning and logistics, hands-on practice with various instruments, post-processing of data, assessing output quality, and synthesizing results for presentations or reports will be covered.

3200 Geomorphology: Mountains, Rivers, Deserts (4) Cross listed as ENVST 3200. Prerequisite: GEOG 1000 or instructor's consent. Fulfills Physical/Life Science Exploration.
Meets with GEOG 5200. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5200 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Why does Utah look different than Kansas? How did the Grand Canyon form? This course explores Earth's surface systems to see how landforms are created and modified over time. These systems include mountain building, and erosion and deposition by rivers, glaciers, landslides, wind, and shoreline processes. Analysis of landforms and processes will be directed towards understanding how the surface of the Earth got to be the way it is, and how it is changing. Comparison of different landforms will be used to illustrate how different processes operate. For example, mountain valleys carved by glaciers are significantly different than those carved by rivers. This course offers explanations for differences such as this, and explores reasons for changes that take place in landforms. Field trips will provide an opportunity to see local examples of different processes and their resulting landforms.

3230 Pyrogeography: Fire, Humans, and the Environment (3) Cross listed as ENVST 3230. Prerequisite: GEOG 1000 or equivalent. Fulfills Applied Science.
Meets with GEOG 5230. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5230 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Fire is an inherently geographical process. Fire can affect landscapes on spatial scales from local to subcontinental and fire can affect, and be affected by processes that occur in our day or over millennia. The past, present and future role of wildland fire is a major concern to scientists, land managers, and the public. Concerns over issues such as forest health and sustainability, especially in light of global change, have added urgency to understanding the role of fire in ecosystems. To understand the interaction of fire and ecosystems the following topics will be covered in this course: the history of humans and fire, fire physics, fire weather, wildlands fuels, fire ecology including the effects of fire on plants and soils, methods of obtaining fire history including historical documents, dendrochronology, and paleoecological proxy, fire regimes, how humans have evolved with fire, how humans have modified fire, fire management, fire problems in urban-wildland interface, and future fire regimes.

3290 Water in Utah (3) Recommended Prerequisite: GEOG 1000.
Meets with GEOG 5290. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5290 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. In this course we will study different aspects of how and where water occurs in Utah, and how it is used. We will start by examining climate systems and how precipitation and temperature vary across the region. We will evaluate rainfall and snowmelt runoff events, long-term trends in stream discharge and examine where, when, and how often floods occur. Next we will see how river processes operate to create unique landforms, and examine how these landforms change over time. We will also examine how humans have altered the flow of natural channels by constructing dams and flood control structures. Additional topics may include ground water flow and storage, pollution, water development, and water conservation. This course includes a field trip.

3292 Snow and Ice (3)
Meets with GEOG 5292. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5292 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. This course provides a survey of topics on snow and ice from a physical geography prospective. The formation, physical characteristics and spatial distribution of land cover types such as seasonal-snow, glaciers and sea ice will be investigated. Special attention will be given to mountain snow environments. A half-day Saturday morning field trip in the canyons along the Wasatch Front will provide local examples of snow pack stratigraphy, wind redistribution, avalanche paths, and landscape morphology shaped by previous glaciations.

3310 Introduction to Natural Hazards (3) Cross listed as ENVST 3310. Prerequisite: MATH 1030 or 1050 or an equivalent. Fulfills Physical/Life Science Exploration.
Is your house on the Wasatch Fault? Is it likely to be flooded, or buried by a landslide? This course examines the physical principles of naturally occurring geologic processes, methods of investigating hazards, techniques for assessing risk, and methods of mitigation. Course focuses on landslides, earthquakes, floods, and debris flows. Lectures will draw on Utah examples of these hazards, and present current understanding of the magnitude of the hazard, areas at risk, recurrence intervals, and mitigative measures. Field trips and projects will be directed towards identifying local areas where hazards exist.

3330 Urban Environmental Geography (3) Cross listed as ENVST 3330. Fulfills Physical/Life Science Exploration.
This course explores how physical environments impact urban development and how urban development in turn influences physical environments. The course applies earth systems science to urban issues. Students explore the interrelation of both, dynamic physical environments and urban setting. Cities across the globe and Salt Lake City are used to illustrate the interrelatedness of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and anthrosphere. The course will also explore an array of topics, including air and water pollution, waste management, and urban farming and discuss strategies to make cities more sustainable.

3350 Resource Conservation and Environmental Management (3) Cross listed as ENVST 3350. Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration.
The class approaches resource conservation and environmental management from a geographic perspective and focuses on human-environmental interactions. The course considers the challenges currently facing resource conservationists, the science used to recognize environmental problems, and possible methods to prevent or mitigate the overuse of natural resources. Expert guest speakers and a field trip are incorporated into the class.

5260 Snow Dynamics and Avalanche Studies (4) Cross listed as ATMOS 5260.
Field sessions require clothing and equipment that allow students to participate in outdoor activities. Students must be able to ski or snowshoe, climb steep terrain, and safely ski back down. Two lectures or discussions weekly combined with one full afternoon in field. Second lecture meets at Alta Town Library before field session. Provides thorough background in technical avalanche forecasting procedures. Study of conditions leading to snow avalanches, broader aspects of snow in all its phases.

5712 Paleoenvironmental Field Methods for Geographers (3) Prerequisite: GEOG 3200/5200 or instructor consent.
Meets with ANTH 5712. This course will be conducted in conjunction with the University of Utah's summer program in archaeological field methods (ANTH 5712), held at Range Creek Canyon. This ten-day field course is designed to teach methods used by paleo-researchers for reconstructing past environments on a local to regional scale. Students will receive training in a variety of field techniques including survey, mapping, site description, and soil identification.  Paleoenvironmental methods currently being applied in Range Creek include packrat midden analysis, bog and sediment coring, and alluvial stratigraphy, and students will participate in actual data collection contributing to the current project.

5810 Field Seminar (4 to 12) Cross listed as ENVST 5810.
Meets with GEOG 6810. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 6810 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Repeatable for credit. One or more field trips. Student responsible for selected aspects of cultural and/or environmental patterns and processes. 

Check Out Online Geography Courses!

  • 1000 Earth Environments (major requirement)-Fulfills Physical/Life Science Exploration (SF) requirement
    • "Earth Environments and Global Change" explores the four interconnected spheres of the Earth, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The course examines the theories, research methods and types of data that are fundamental to a responsible appreciation of the geographic and historical variation of Earth's environments. Case studies provide the opportunity for students to investigate 'hot' topics in Earth system science, including melting ice caps, the overkill hypothesis, ozone depletion, the origins of life, increasing greenhouse effects and others.
  • 1180 Introduction to GeoProgramming (major elective) (hybrid course with in-person lab component)
    • This course is an introduction to geo-programming using the Python language as it pertains primarily to manipulating and analyzing geographic information. Broadly the course will cover: 1) basic programming concepts, 2) principles and good practice in computer programming, 3) the Python language, 4) geo-programming concepts, methods, and approaches, and 5) a survey of geographic problems. The on-line lectures each week will consist of a review of concepts and background followed by lab involving hands-on programming or scripting. The last quarter of the course will consist of individual programming projects.
  • 1300 World Regional Geography (major elective) Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • Study of major world regions emphasizes current activities and problems. Cultural, economic, political, and environmental considerations.
  • 1400 Human Geography (major requirement) Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • The world is becoming more volatile and uncertain. Critical questions facing the world in the 21st century include food security, rapid population change, human disease, energy use/environmental pollution, continuing disparities between rich and poor regions, sustainable transportation/urban development, and geopolitical fragmentation. Human geography, as the study of the interrelationships between people, the places they inhabit and the spaces that comprise the global environments, provides a powerful lens for examining these critical issues. This course examines the relationships between humans and the Earth, including topics in environment and humanity, agriculture in a growing world, population dynamics, the geography of culture, cities and urbanization, patterns of economic development and geopolitical conflict.
  • 3140 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (major elective) Prerequisite: MATH 1030 or MATH 1050 or equivalent. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive BS (QI) requirement
    • A recent increase in the use of digital geographic information in many fields has created the need for experts with the knowledge to use this information to society's benefit. Geographers, engineers, environmental scientists, planners, social scientists, computer scientists and many other professionals will encounter digital geographic information in some form in their future careers. This course introduces students to issues that arise in using this information in scientific and decision-making arenas. Topics include: applications of geographic information; modeling geographic reality; spatial data collection; geographic analysis; accuracy and uncertainty; visualization; and legal, economic, and ethical issues associated with the use of geographic information.
  • 3250 The Crystal Desert: Antarctica & Global Chg (major elective)
    • Meets with GEOG 5250. Graduate student should enroll in GEOG 5250 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, most remote, and least well-known continent on Earth. This course will explore all geographic aspects of the Antarctic environment, including climate, landforms, distribution of wildlife, and history of exploration, as well as examining the results of the latest research efforts on global climate change being conducted in this "crystal desert". Special attention will be focused on the impacts of Antarctica on the operation of the global climate system, and the potential outcomes from climate change on the Earth's largest repository of ice.
  • 3600 Utah Geography (major elective)-Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Exploration (BF) requirement
    • Geography of Utah explores human and physical phenomena that make Utah distinctive. Lectures and labs examine webs of relationships among Utah's people, places, and environments. Students examine Utah's contrasting physical and social environments. They explore what is meant by a sense of place.
  • 3650 Middle East Geography(major elective)-Fulfills International Requirment (IR)
    • An exploration of modern Latin America's development, problems, and issues in a physical, human, historic, economic, and political context. The place of Latin America in today's global economic and geopolitical system is also examined; that is to say, Latin America's relationships with North America and Europe as well as its association with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other economic organizations.
  • 3670 Geography of Latin America(major elective)-Fulfills International Requirement (IR)
    • An exploration of modern Latin America's development, problems, and issues in a physical, human, historic, economic, and political context. The place of Latin America in today's global economic and geopolitical system is also examined; that is to say, Latin America's relationships with North America and Europe as well as its association with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other economic organizations.
  • 5140 Methods in Geographic Information Systems (5000-level major elective)
    • This course explores the practice of using a geographic information system (GIS) to support geographic inquiry and decision making. Students will strengthen their technical knowledge of the common tasks that a geographic analyst faces in applying a GIS to a variety of spatial problems. The lab sections offer an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a leading commercial GIS to complete a series of real-world projects.

 

Requirements for the Geography Teaching minor

Teaching minors must coordinate Geography requirements with the requirements of the Secondary Education licensure program of the Education Department.

Students must complete a seven (7) courses of Geography required coursework (see list below) plus a teaching methods course.  A grade of C or better must be achieved in all coursework.

A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken in residence at the University of Utah Department of Geography.

Students who have questions pertaining to the teaching minor should book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required Courses

 

  • GEOG 1000 - Earth Environments and Global Change SF (3)
  • GEOG 1300 - World Regional Geography BF (3)
  • GEOG 1400 - Human Geography BF (3)
  • GEOG 3040 - Principles of Cartography (4) **
  • GEOG 3140 - Introduction to GIS QI (4) **
  • GEOG 3600 - Geography of Utah (3)
  • EDU 5170 - Secondary Science Methods
  • - OR -
  • EDU 5180 - Secondary Social Studies Methods
  • - OR -
  • EDU 5375 - Science Methods

TOTAL COURSES (min. 7)

TOTAL RESIDENCY HRS. (12 credit hrs. at UofU Geog. Dept.)

** GEOG 3040 is soon to be discontinued. If you have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course.

Once you've declared your minor with us, subscribe to our email list for notices of department news, events, speakers and job opportunities!

Requirements for the Geography Minor

Students must complete a five (5) courses of Geography required coursework (see list below) plus a minimum of two (2) courses of upper division (3000 level or above) Geography elective courses. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Students must complete at least 12 credit hours in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah.

All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C- or better.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required Courses

  • GEOG 1000 - Earth Environments and Global Change SF (3)
  • GEOG 1400 - Human Geography BF (3)
  • GEOG 3040 - Principles of Cartography (4) **
  • GEOG 3140 - Introduction to GIS QI (4) **

Elective Courses (upper divison>3000)

  • GEOG 3###
  • GEOG 3###

Elective Course (upper or lower division)

  • GEOG ####

TOTAL COURSES (min. 6)

TOTAL RESIDENCY HRS. (12 credit hrs. at UofU Geog. Dept.)

** GEOG 3040 is soon to be discontinued. If you have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course.

Students who have questions about the minor should book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

Once you've declared your minor with us, subscribe to our email list for notices of department news, events, speakers and job opportunities!

Geography BS / BA

Requirements for the Geography major

Students must complete a minimum of eight (8) courses of Geography required coursework (see list below) plus a minimum of five (5) Geography elective courses for a minimum total of thirteen (13) required Geography courses. One 5000 level course must be included in the elective courses*. Students choose their elective courses according to their interest/specialization area. All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C- or better.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:

Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah.

ALLIED CREDIT REQUIREMENT:

12 credit hours of allied coursework are also required. These courses will generally be in the student’s interest/specialization area and can be done in any of the following departments: Atmospheric Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; City and Metropolitan Planning; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Geology; Math; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Philosophy; Physics; or any department** in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. **(Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Health Society and Policy, Military Science, Naval Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required Courses: (Geography Requirements)

    • GEOG 1000 - Earth Environments and Global Change SF (3)
    • GEOG 1400 - Human Geography BF (3)
    • GEOG 3020 - Geographical Analysis QB/QI (4)
    • GEOG 3040 - Principles of Cartography (4) **
    • GEOG 3140 - Introduction to GIS QI (4) **

One of the following: (Upper division physical geography choice)

    • GEOG 3/5200 - Geomphology: Mtns, Rivers, Deserts (4)
    • GEOG 3/5205 - Regional and Global Climates (3)
    • GEOG 3/5210 - Global Climate Change SF (3)
    • GEOG 3/5215 - Climate Change and Its Impacts (3)
    • GEOG 3/5290 - Water in Utah AS (3)
    • GEOG 3/5292 - Snow and Ice (3)
    • GEOG 3310 - Introduction to Natural Hazards SF (3)

One of the following: (Upper division human geography choice)

    • GEOG 3/5190 - Introduction to Medical Geography (3)
    • GEOG 3350- Resource Conservation & Environmental Mgmt. (3)
    • GEOG 3/5375 - Sustainable Transptation (3)
    • GEOG 3420 - Political Geography (3)
    • GEOG 3/5440 - Global Economic Geography IR (3)
    • GEOG 3480 - Urban Geography (3)
    • GEOG 3620 - Geography of Nth America DV (3)

One of the following: (Geography CW choice)

    • GEOG 3/5270 - Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life CW (4)
    • GEOG 3/5400 - Population Geography CW (4)

Five Elective Courses: (Any geography class-one at 5000 level)

GEOG 5###

TOTAL COURSES (min. 13)

TOTAL RESIDENCY HRS. (18 credit hrs. at UofU Geog. Dept.)

*GEOG 5940 Internship in Geography may be counted only once toward the major elective requirement and does not count as the required 5000-level elective course.  To add GEOG 5940, it is the student's responsibility to find and obtain an internship and ask a Geography faculty member to be their faculty mentor/instructor for GEOG 5940.  Students must then fill out and sign the Independent Study form and have the faculty mentor/instructor sign the form for approval.  Students must then bring the signed form in to the Geography Main Office in BLDG 73, Rm 217, to obtain a permission code to add GEOG 5940 before the add/drop deadline of the semester the student is working in the internship.  GEOG 5940 cannot be taken after an internship is completed and cannot be added retroactively.  Students must take GEOG 5940 to get credit for an internship.  If students are pursuing the GIS Certificate and obtain a GIS Internship for the Capstone Experience, they must follow the instructions on the GIS Certificate page here.

** GEOG 3040 is soon to be discontinued. If you have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course.

Students who have questions about the major should book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

 

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GRADUATION

Students MUST apply for graduation in their second to last semester (online).  Click here for more information.

Deadlines

 Graduation Term Due Date
 Fall (December)  July 1
 Spring (May)  Nov 1
 Summer (August)  March 1

 

Applications that are received by March 1st will have names included in the Spring Convocation Programs.

Students who have questions about this process should book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

Undergraduate Program

Geography is both an unusually versatile and an extremely relevant discipline.  Geographers use a holistic, integrative perspective to help solve complex 21st century challenges such as climate change, globalization, sustainability, urbanization, and living with hazards.  Studying how and why things are arranged spatially and how that information can be used to solve problems and predict future events will give you highly marketable career skills. 

 

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Geography / CSBS Undergraduate Scholarships 2017-18 

THE DEAN'S OFFICE SCHOLARSHIP 2017-2018

Award: Varies

Eligibility: 

  • Declared major of one of the Social/Behavior Science departments
  • 3.2 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 24 completed semester hours last year attended (full-time)
  • OR 12 completed semester hours last year attended (part-time)
  • Completed 30 semester hours by Fall 2017 (including anticipated Summer 2017 enrollment)
  • U.S citizen or international student lawfully present in U.S.
  • Demonstrate financial need - FAFSA required

Application for SBS Scholarships available at: http://csbs.utah.edu/students/scholarships/index.php

Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017 **Online application will be available by early January, 2017

 

SBS OAKLEY J. GORDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2017-2018

Award: $2,000 ($1000 each fall and spring semesters) full-time, $1000 part-time

Eligibility:

  • Declared major of one of the Social/Behavior Science departments
  • 24 completed semester hours last year attended (full-time)
  • OR 12 completed semester hours last year attended (part-time)
  • At least 7 years since High School diploma and return to education
  • Demonstrate financial need - FAFSA required

Application for SBS Scholarships available at: http://csbs.utah.edu/students/scholarships/index.php

Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017 **Online application will be available by early January, 2017

 

DEPARTMENTAL TUITION WAIVER (T-53)

Award: $5000 (half each semester) with verified full-time status

Eligibility: 

  • Be a continuing student who has declared a major in Geography, or a first-year, or transfer student, pursuing a major in Geography
  • Seeking 1st Bachelor's Degree
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Utah resident
  • Based on scholastic achievement

Application available soon.

Deadline: TBA

 

MERRILL RIDD SCHOLARSHIP 2017-2018

Award: $1000 cash

Eligibility: 

  • Geography majors who will be juniors or seniors 2017-2018
  • Full-time student during award period
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Based on scholastic achievement

Application available here.

Deadline: February 17, 2017, 4:00PM at the Department Office (Rm 217/Bldg 73)

 

HASLAM ENTERING GEOGRAPHY STUDENT AWARD 2017-2018

Award: $1,000 

Eligibility: 

  • Declared major in Geography by September 29, 2017
  • Incoming high school student who will be a freshman in the coming 2017-2018 academic year
  • Full-time student (12+ credit hours) during 2017-2018 academic year
  • High scholastic achievement and need
  • U.S citizen or international student lawfully present in U.S.

Application available here.

Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017, 4:00PM at the Department Office (Rm 217/Bldg 73)

 

ASPRS AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 2017

Award: Varies by Grant or Scholarship

Eligibility: 

  • Be a student-member of ASPRS
  • 2 completed reference forms OR 2 letters from faculty
  • All applications must be submitted in 1 PDF (5MB max)
  • Note: Most awards call for specific information to complete application

Applications available at: http://www.asprs.org/ASPRS-Awards-and-Scholarships.html

Deadline: November 15, 2016

 

GAMMA THETA UPSILON SCHOLARSHIP

Eleven scholarships are awarded annually to Gamma Theta Upsilon members: six to undergraduates, one to a senior entering graduate school, and four to continuing graduate students.

Award: $1000.00

Eligibility: Varies by Scholarship.

Applications available at: http://gammathetaupsilon.org/scholarships.html

Deadline: June 1, 2017

 

MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP FROM ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN GEOSCIENTISTS

Award: Amount varies up to $6000.00

Eligibility: 

  • Woman who is African-American, Hispanic or Native American
  • Full-time undergraduate studying geosciences
  • Contributor to world community thru academic and personal strengths
  • Note: Winners may reapply for continuing support

Applications available at: http://awg.org/images/awards/AWG%20Minority%20Scholarship%20pdf.pdf

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Association for Women Geoscientists,
Attn. Minority Scholarship
12000 N. Washington St., Suite 285
Thorton, Colorado 80241


USGIF 2017 UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Award: Varies

Eligibility: 

  • Overall academic coursework and extracurricular activities
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student studying geospatial intelligence

Applications available at: http://usgif.org/education/scholarships

Deadline: May 15, 2017

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
ATTN: Scholarships Subcommittee
2325 Dulles Corner Blvd., Suite 450
Herndon, VA 20171

or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with name and subject line "USGIF Scholarship: Undergraduate/Graduate Application"

 

WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER SCHOLARSHIPS

Award: Varies

Eligibility: 

  • Students of ALL gender identities for several scholarships
  • Matriculated student, some part-time & some full-time
  • 2.7 GPA or greater
  • Verified financial need
  • Varies, check website

Application available here.

Deadline: March 2017, at the Women's Resource Center (411 Union)

 

DOYLE W. STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP

Award: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Engaged in new or on-going research that focuses on the Great Salt Lake and/or the lake ecosystem or watershed
  • Funds may be used to support lab or field research, attendance at professional meetings, or other activities that further the understanding or protection of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem
  • Previous awardees of this scholarship are ineligible
  • Scholarship winner will be expected to share their research findings with FoGSL via a presentation, a newsletter article, or both.  They will also be expected to attend an awards ceremony scheduled tentatively for May 18th, 2017 in Salt Lake City.

Application available here.

Deadline: March 17th, 2017

 

RM-URISA SCHOLARSHIP

Award: Varies

Eligibility:

  • Degree seeking (matriculated) students who are enrolled in 4-year programs, or 2-year programs that include a GIS certificate
  • GIS-related project
  • Currently enrolled

Undergraduate and Graduate scholarship.  Application Information here.

Deadline: October 31st, 2016 at 5PM MST.

 

Links to more scholarship information:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT OFFICE in Rm 217/Bldg 73 at 801.581.8218