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Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Cooperative Program Leading to the Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Major in Social Science at Sam Houston State University.

Geography is the study of the Earth and its people. Because of the breadth of its subject matter, it integrates information from a wide variety of other disciplines and examines that information from a spatial perspective. For those individuals that are curious about the world, there are few disciplines that will satisfy that curiosity as much as geography.

Recently, the world’s population passed the six billion mark and it continues to grow rapidly. With so many people to be housed, fed and educated while resources are becoming increasingly scarce and damage to the environment accelerates, many environmental and social issues are becoming more acute and difficult to solve. For this reason, geography has become increasingly focused on the nature of the relationship between humans and their environment, and on how these relationships vary from one culture to another. The resource limits that every society must deal with also affect such things as the social, political and economic characteristics of a society and the way in which that society interacts with others. The Geography Program at Sam Houston State University provides students with an increased awareness of the spatial differences between the multitude of world cultures and environments, and with a basic understanding of why these differences exist.

The study of the world requires that students learn about the physical environment, with its variety of landforms, weather and climate, and that they also learn about people and cultures. They also learn how the physical environment and humans have interacted to create a variety of cultural regions, each with its own unique characteristics. Through a study of these things, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the fact that we live in an increasingly interdependent world in which the welfare of the environment and of other cultures affect all of us.

Geography’s focus on spatial relationships, in conjunction with new advances in technology, have led to the development of new geographical tools—principally Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)—that are now used by many geographers in a wide variety of fields. The department has a fully-equipped GIS Lab, as well as a Remote Sensing and Computer Cartography Lab. We now offer a minor in GIS and a minor in Geospatial Science, both of which integrate GIS, remote sensing and computer cartography.  This combination of technical skills makes our GIS graduates well prepared for careers involving applications of GIS related to the environment, criminal justice, business, and urban planning. In fact, geospatial technology is one of the top three technology fields in the country and it has virtually unlimited applicability.  Geographers, both those that are technically trained in geospatial technology and those that are not, find employment in government, business, the military, and in teaching.

For further information about or program and the degrees that we offer, please see our web site at http://www.shsu.edu/~gel_geo/, or call Dr. Brian Cooper (Department Chair) at 936-294-1566.

 

 

Transfer

SHSU

Hours

GEOG 1301

GEOG 1301/1101 (GEO 131/111) 4

GEOG 1300

GEOG 1321 (GEO 161)

3

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2355 OR 2356 (GEO 265 or 266)

3

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing six component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit-hour requirement and a set of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The chart below details the Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents that comprise SHSU's core curriculum.  Course requirements to meet the university foreign language component of the Bachelor of Arts degree have been included for convenience. 

Many departments require specific courses from core component areas to meet degree requirements. Selecting departmentally specified core courses to complete university core requirements reduces the total number of hours required to graduate.

Component Area 1 Communication
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

ENGL 1301

ENGL 1301 3

ENGL 1302

ENGL 1302 3

Component Area 2 Mathematics
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

MATH 1332 or 2312

or 2413 or 1316 or 1324
MATH 1332 (MTH 164) or MATH 1314 (MTH 170) or MATH 1420 (MTH 142) or MATH 1316 (MTH 163) or MATH 1324 (MTH199) 3

MATH 1350 & MATH 1351

(both required)   
MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) 6

Credit for MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) is applicable only towards elementary/middle school certification.

Updated Jan 20 2012
Component Area 3 Natural Science
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select two courses with Labs

 
8

BIOL 1308 & 1108

BIOL 1308 & 1108

 

BIOL 2306 & 2106 or 2406

BIOL 1301 & 1101

 

BIOL 1311 & 1111

BIOL 1311 & 1111

 

BIOL 1313 & 1113

BIOL 1313 & 1113

 

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2401

 

CHEM 1305 & 1105

CHEM 1306 & 1106

 

CHEM 1307 & 1107

CHEM 1307 & 1107

 

CHEM 1311 & 1111

CHEM 1311 & 1111

 

CHEM 1312 & 1112

CHEM 1312 & 1112

 
GEOL 1305 & 1105

GEOL 1305 & 1105

 

GEOL 1303 & 1103

GEOL 1303 & 1103

 

GEOL 1304 & 1104

GEOL 1304 & 1104

 

GEOG 1301

GEOG 1301 & Lab 1101
(lab required @ SHSU)
 

PHYS 1311 & 1111

PHYS 1311 & 1111

 

PHYS 1312 & 1112

PHYS 1312 & 1112 - subject to THECB approval

 

PHYS 1305 & 1105

PHYS 1305 & 1105

 

PHYS 1301 & 1101

PHYS 1301 & 1101

 

PHYS 1302 & 1102

PHYS 1302 & 1102

 
PHYS 2425 PHYS 1411  

Component Area 4 Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit
Select 3 hrs from visual and performing arts:  
9

ARTS 1301

AGRI 2399

 

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1301

 

ARTS 1311

ARTS 1311

 

ARTS 1316

ARTS 1316

 

ARTS 1303

ARTS 1303

 

DANC 2303

DANC 1372

 

DANC 1301

DANC 1301

 

MUSI 1308

MUSI 2348

 

MUSI 1301

MUSI 1301

 

MUSI 1310

MUSI 2364

 

MUSI 1306

MUSI 1306

 

DRAM 1330

THEA 1330

 

DRAM 1351

THEA 1364

 

DRAM 1310

THEA 1366

 

DRAM 1341

THEA 2330

 

DRAM 2336

THEA 2336

 
Select 3 hours from Literature or Philosophy:    

ENGL 2331 or 2332

ENGL 2331

 

ENGL 2342

ENGL 2342

 

PHIL 1301

PHIL 2361

 

PHIL 2306

PHIL 2306

 
Select 3 hours from Cultural Studies:    

NO TCCN

BESL 2301

 

FREN, GERM, SPAN 2311/2312 (Sign and other languages may be substituted)

FOLG 2312- FREN, GERM, SPAN 2312

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2355

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2356

 

HIST 2311

HIST 2311

 

HIST 2312

HIST 2312

 

SOCI 2319

SOCI 2319

 

Component Area 5 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Common Course # SHSU Course   Credit
      15
      3

HIST 1301

HIST 1301

3
 

HIST 1302

HIST 1302

3

GOVT 2301 or 2306

POLS 2301

3
 

GOVT 2302 or 2305

POLS 2302

3
     
Select 3 hours from:      

SOCI 1301

AGRI 2360

3
 

ECON 1301

ECON 2300

 

ECON 2302

ECON 2302

 

ECON 2301

ECON 2301

 

GEOG 1300

GEOG 1321

 

PHIL 2303

PHIL 2303

 

PSYC 2301

PSYC 1301

 

PSYC 2315

PSYC 2315

 

SOCI 1301

SOCI 1301

 

SOCI 1306

SOCI 1306

 

NO TCCN Local Political Systems

POLS 2331

   

NO TCCN State Political Systems

POLS 2332

   

NO TCCN Politics of Ethnic Minorities and Gender

POLS 2335

   

NO TCCN Comparative Survey of World Political Systems

POLS 2365

   

NO TCCN Introduction to Public Administration

POLS 2366

 

NO TCCN American Foreign Policy

POLS 2381

   

Component Area 6 Institutionally Designated Option
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select 1 hour from:

 
PHED 1164 KIN 215

B.A. Foreign Language Component

 

language 1411

FOLG 1411
language 1412 FOLG 1412
language 2311 FOLG 2311
language 2312 FOLG 2312

Degrees require a minimum of 120 hours with 42 advanced hours (3000-level and 4000-level courses).  Some degrees require additional hours.  All students are required to complete at least six writing-enhanced courses accumulating a minimum of 18 semester hours towards degree completion.  Six of the hours must come from the student’s major field of study.  SHSU students MUST complete ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, Core Composite Area 2, and one-half of Composite Area 3 prior to enrollment in any upper-level class.  In general, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 8 hours of lab science and the Bachelor of Science degree requires 16 hours of lab science.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page for foreign language requirements.  Many colleges and programs have additional prerequisites for upper-level classes.

Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major.  Selection of major-specified core courses may reduce the total number of hours required for graduation.

Students are encouraged to select the university catalog offering them the most advantages with respect to degree completion.  The respective university and/or college catalog selected for graduation determines final degree requirements.

Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University
A Member of The Texas State University System

Keywords: [Social Sciences Composite Degree (B.A. Geography Emphasis)]