Physical Geography Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail: geograph@illinois.edu

A minimum of 35 credit hours of Geography and Geographic Information Science courses are required for the major.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction:  Students majoring in Geography and Geographic Information Science can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

For distinction: 3.3 GPA overall; 3.3 GPA in GGIS courses.

For high distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses.

For highest distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses; satisfactorily complete an independent project (GEOG 391).

Students should consult their advisors regarding distinction requirements as soon as they enter the major (no later than the end of their junior year).

Geography and Geographic Information Science Core Requirements:
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Meteorology
Earth's Physical Systems
Big Rivers of the World
Select one of the following:3-4
Global Development&Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
The Digital Earth
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
Choose one of the following:4
Spatial Analysis
Intro to GIS Systems
Physical Geography Concentration Requirements:
200- to 400-level Geography and Geographic Information Science courses (of which at least 6 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level) selected from the following:25-27
Social & Environmental Issues
Big Rivers of the World
Water Planet, Water Crisis
Environment and Society
Spatial Analysis
Spring Field Course
Environmental Perspectives
Individual Study
Honors Individual Study
Watershed Hydrology
Fluvial Geomorphology
Humans and River Systems
Geospatial Tech & Society
Earth Systems Modeling
Biogeography
Aerial Photo Analysis
Biological Modeling
Recent Trends in Geog Thought
Digital Cartography & Map Design
Applied GIS to Environ Studies
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Techniques of Remote Sensing
Intl Environ Cooperation
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat4-5
or PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Total Hours47-53