Geography & Geographic Information Science: Physical Geography, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in Geography & Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography Concentration


department website: https://ggis.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Geography & GIS Faculty

advising: Geography & GIS advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


Undergraduate Degree Programs in Geography & Geographic Information Science

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in Geography & Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography Concentration

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office by the beginning of the fifth semester (60-75 hours).

Departmental distinction: Students majoring in Geography 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 (GGIS 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).


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

Minimum required major and supporting course work: a minimum of 40 upper-division hours. Twelve (12) hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
 

Geography & GIS Core Requirements

Total Core Hours10-16
Select one of the following three(3) courses:3-4
Introduction to Meteorology
Earth's Physical Systems
Big Rivers of the World
Select one of the following six (6) courses:3-4
Global Development & Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
The Digital Earth
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
GIS Core (2) courses: 4-8
(Only students pursuing the Geographic Information Science Concentration are required to take both GGIS 371 and GGIS 379.)
Spatial Analysis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Physical Geography Concentration Requirements: 

Physical Geography Concentration Requirements
200- to 400-level Geography courses (at least 6 hours of which must be at the 300- or 400- level) selected from the following:25-27
Social & Environmental Issues
Big Rivers of the World
Environment and Society
Water Planet, Water Crisis
Spatial Analysis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Independent Study
Honors Independent Study
Watershed Hydrology
Geography Field Course
Fluvial Geomorphology
Humans and River Systems
Geospatial Technology & Society
Earth Systems Modeling
Biogeography
Aerial Photo Analysis
Biological Modeling
Modern Geographic Thought
Digital Cartography & Map Design
Applied GIS to Environ Studies
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Techniques of Remote Sensing
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 Hours required for graduation120