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Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Cooperative Program Leading to the Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography 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, or call Dr. Brian Cooper (Department Chair) at 936-294-1566.





GEOG 1301/1101 (GEO 131/111) 4

GEOG 1300

GEOG 1321 (GEO 161)


GEOG 1303

GEOG 2355 (GEO 265) or GEOG 2356 (GEO266)



For the past several years, there have been scholarships available for both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Biology, Geography & Geology, Mathematics & Statistics.  Roughly 35 scholarships are administered each year through the   PEERS Program (Peers Enhancing their Education through Research and Scholarship), federally-funded through the National Science Foundation.  Up to $6,000 is available each year to students in these majors that maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.


SHSU Core Curriculum

Transfer courses specific to the university major you have selected appear in the section above. Transfer students are encouraged to maximize transfer courses required for their major as described above in addition to core courses at the transfer institution. Most university majors were meant to be taken over a 4 year period. Completion of freshman and sophomore level courses in the major with appropriate core courses helps transfer students to graduate in the minimum amount of time at minimum cost. The university core appears below for the convenience of those who have not yet selected a major. If you cannot select a specific major, at least try to select the area (e.g., science, criminal justice, business, education, nursing, etc.) in which you are most likely to eventually graduate and select transfer core courses that will support your selection of academic endeavor.

As a final note, transfer students completing "residence requirements" at state supported Texas colleges are typically eligible to receive the associate degree by a process known as "reverse transfer" after having accumulated 60 (to 62) or more combined college transfer and SHSU hours. Reverse transfer allows students to count SHSU courses to the bachelor degree as well as apply the hours to the associate degree. The residency requirement for most colleges is 15 to 16 hours with a few colleges requiring 24 hours. SHSU enthusiastically supports associate degrees via reverse transfer with all state supported colleges.

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University (to be used by all incoming students as of fall 2014) contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing nine component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a selection of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The chart below details Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents for college transfer students which comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.

Many SHSU disciplines including the sciences, business, and education require specific courses from the SHSU core as degree specific graduation requirements. To minimize cost and time to complete degree requirements always select SHSU/transfer core courses specified as degree requirements in your intended major.  If you have not decided on a major select core courses supporting you intended area of academic concentration.

In general, Bachelor of Arts degrees have a foreign language requirement. Most Bachelor of Science degrees require additional mathematics and lab science requirements. Refer to the university catalog under which you plan to file for graduation for your specific degree requirements.

**** If you do not see a Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to and select your institution from the dropdown menu. The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses from your institution to SHSU courses.  

Component Area I: Communications - 6 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

ENGL 1301Composition I

ENGL 1301

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 1302

Component Area II: Mathematics - 3 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

MATH 1314

MATH 2312

MATH 1316 Plain Trigonometry

MATH 1316

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Managerial Decision Making

MATH 1324

MATH 1332 College Mathematics

MATH 1332

MATH 1384 Introduction to the Foundations of Mathematics

MATH 1350

MATH 1410 Elementary Functions

MATH 1420 Calculus

MATH 2413

PHIL 2352 Introduction to Contemporary Logic (Students with a documented learning disability and departmental approval may substitute PHIL 2352 to meet the math requirement)

Component Area III: Life and Physical Science- 8 Hours Required

SHSU requires 4 hour science courses consisting of 3 hours lecture with a 1 hour lab component.  Transfer institutions may indicate this combination with a 4 hour course number such as BIOL 1408 or as separate lecture and labs such as BIOL 1308/1108.  The two course numbering systems are equivalent.  Common 3 hour lecture and separate lab course numbers are shown for equivalent or acceptable transfer credit.  If you do not see a Texas Common Course NUmber (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to and  select your institution from the dropdown menu.  The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses specific to your institution to SHSU courses.

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

BIOL 1401 Environmental Science

BIOL 2306/2106 or BIOL 2406

BIOL 1408 Contemporary Biology

BIOL 1308/1108

BIOL 1411 General Botany

BIOL 1311/1111

BIOL 1413 General Zoology

BIOL 1313/1113

BIOL 1436 Foundations of Science

BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy

BIOL 2401

CHEM 1406 Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 1406, CHEM 1305/1105, CHEM 1306/1106

CHEM 1407 Introductory Organic snd Biochemistry

CHEM 1407, CHEM 1307/1107

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1411, CHEM 1311/1111

CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II

CHEM 1412, CHEM 1312/1112

GEOG 1401 Weather and Climate

GEOG 1301/1101

GEOL 1403 Physical Geology

GEOL 1303/1103

GEOL 1404 Historical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104

GEOL 1405 Geological Hazards and Resources

GEOL 1436 Foundations of Science


ISCI 1436 Foundations of Science

PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies

PHYS 1404 Solar Systems Astronomy

Component Area IV: Language, Philosophy, and Culture- 3 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

ARAB 2311

ARAB 2311

ARAB 2312

ARAB 2312

ENGL 2332 World Literature I: Before 17th Century

ENGL 2333 World Literature II: 17th Century and Afterwards

FOLG 2311 Intermediate Foreign Language I

ARAB 2311/2312, FREN 2311/2312, GERM 2311/2312, SGNL 2311/2312, SPAN 2311/2312

FOLG 2312 Intermediate Foreign Language II

ARAB 2312, FREN 2312, GERM 2312, SGNL 2312, SPAN 2312

FREN 2311 Intermediate French I

FREN 2311

FREN 2312 Intermediate French II

FREN 2312

GEOG 2355 World Regional Geography: Europe, Asia, and Australia

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2356 World Regional Geography: Latin America, Africa, and South Asia

GEOG 1303

GERM 2311 Intermediate German I

GERM 2311

GERM 2312 Intermediate German II

GERM 2312

HIST 2311 World History from the Dawn of Civilization through the Middle Ages

HIST 2311

HIST 2312 World History from the Renaissance to the Age of Imperialism

HIST 2312

MCOM 1330 Analysis of Electronic Culture

MUSI 1379 Survey of World Music Cultures

PHIL 2306 Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL 2306

PHIL 2361 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 1301

SGNL 2311 Intermediate American Sign Language I

SGNL 2311

SGNL 2312 Intermediate American Sign Language II

SGNL 2312

SOCI 2319 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

SOCI 2319

SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 2311

SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 2312

Component Area V: Creative Arts- 3 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

AGRI 2399

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1302 Exploring Contemporary Art

ARTS 1303 Survey I: Pre-Renaissance Art History

ARTS 1303

FACS 1360 Basic Principles of Design

FAMC 2301 Creative Arts Seminar

MUSI 1301 Introduction to the Study of Music

MUSI 1301

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

MUSI 1306

MUSI 2348 Survey of World Music Cultures

MUSI 1308

MUSI 2364 History of Rock, Jazz and Popular Music

MUSI 1310

Component Area VI: U.S. History- 6 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

HIST 1301 American History to 1876

HIST 1301

HIST 1302 American History from 1876

HIST 1302

Component Area VII: Political Science/Government- 6 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

POLS 2305 American Government

POLS 2306 Texas Government

Component Area VIII: Social and Behavioral Sciences- 3 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

AGRI 2360

SOCI 1301

BESL 2301 Multicultural Influences on Learning

COMS 2386 Interpersonal Communication

SPCH 1318

CRIJ 2361 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

ECON 2300 Introduction to Economics

ECON 1301

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2301

ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 2302

GEOG 1321 People, Place and Environment: An Introduction to Geography

GEOG 1300

HLTH 2383 Multicultural Health Issues

PHIL 2303 Critical Thinking

PHIL 2303

PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 2301

SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology

SOCI 1301

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

SOCI 1306

Component Area IX: Component Area Option- 4 Hours Required

SHSU 4 Digit Course Number

TCCN (if applicable)

One additional course in component area 4 OR:

BUAD 2321 Design and Presentation of Business Projects

COMS 1361 Public Speaking

COMS 2382 Communication for Business and Professionals

MCOM 1371 Audio Production and Performance

1 Hour Required:

ECON 1100 Economics of Social Problems

KINE 2115 Lifetime Health and Wellness

PHED 1164

NGLI 1101 Research in the Digital Age

The 4th credit hour of MATH 1410

The 4th credit hour of MATH 1420

MATH 2413


Most 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 who have accumulated more than 60 hours may be blocked from enrolling in upper division courses until they have completed their math, English composition, and 4 to 8 hours of lab science.

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. Many majors require specific math and science courses from the core to apply for graduation. Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page or catalogue for foreign language requirements. Many colleges including Business and Education have additional prerequisites for registration in upper-level (junior/senior) classes including GPA restrictions and completion of lower-level (freshman/sophomore) course work.
Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major. Selection of major-specified core courses reduces the total number of hours required for graduation.

In general it is not to the advantage of transfer students to simply take courses that transfer. The most desirable goal is typically to only select courses from the core and major lower-level (first two university years) which not only transfer but satisfy degree requirements for graduation in the major to which you aspire.

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.

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.

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