"Environment-Society Relations Major Requirements"

GEOG Major Requirements for Environment and Society Track


"Environmental-Society Relations" overlaid on photo of smiling man picking coffee beans off treesRequired Courses

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses below. In addition to a standard degree in Geography, the Department offers transcripted concentrations in Geographic Information Science, Human Geography, Environment-Society Geography, and Physical Geography. Coursework required for each concentration is listed below. Students must complete at least 37 and no more than 45 credit hours in Geography with grades of C- or better (23 hours must be upper division). No pass/fail grades are allowed in the major. Transfer students majoring in Geography must complete at least 12 hours of upper-division Geography courses at CU-Boulder. No course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement for the major. All courses marked with an * can be used to meet College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirements.
 

Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours Environment and Society Concentration

  • GEOG 1001* Environmental Systems I: Climate and Vegetation - 4
  • GEOG 1011* Environmental Systems II: Landscapes and Water - 4 
  • One of the following human geography courses:
    • GEOG 1962 Geographies of Global Change  - 3
    • GEOG 1972 Environment-Society Geography  - 3
    • GEOG 1982 World Regional Geography - 3
    • GEOG 1992 Human Geography - 3
  • GEOG 3023 Statistics for Geography - 4
  • One of the following mapping courses:
    • GEOG 2053 Mapping a Changing World - 4
    • GEOG 3053 Cartography I: Visualization and Information Design - 4
  • One of the following methods courses:
    • GEOG 4023 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography (prereq GEOG 3023) - 4
    • GEOG 4043 Cartography II: Interactive and Multi-media Mapping (prereq GEOG 3053) - 4
    • GEOG 4093 Remote Sensing of the Environment - 4
    • GEOG 4103 Introduction to Geographic Information Science (prereqs: GEOG 3053; GEOG 3023 or equivalent introductory statistics course) - 4
    • GEOG 4173 Research Seminar - 3
    • GEOG 4722 Field Methods in Human Geography - 3 
  • Take one of the following:
    • GEOG 3402 Natural Hazards  - 3
    • GEOG 3422 Political Ecology  - 3
  • Take ENVS 2000: Applied Ecology - 4
  • Take three electives from the following list (unless noted, Department enforced prereq. for all courses is 1962, 1972, 1982, or 1992) (* core curriculum course):
    • GEOG 3402 Natural Hazards  - 3
    • GEOG 3422 Political Ecology (no prereq)  - 3
    • GEOG 3682 Geography of International Development (no prereq) - 3
    • GEOG 3672* Gender and the Global Economy   - 3
    • GEOG 3692 Introduction to Global Public Health  - 3
    • GEOG 3812 Geography of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean  - 3
    • GEOG 3822 Geography of China  - 3
    • GEOG 3862 Geography of Africa  - 3
    • GEOG 4173 Research Seminar—3
    • GEOG 4501 Water Resources and Water Management in the Western U.S.—3
    • GEOG 4742* Topics in Environment and Society—3
    • GEOG 4812* Environment and Development in South America—3  
    • GEOG 4822* Environment and Development in China—3
    • GEOG 3930 Internship (3) and GEOG 4990 Senior Thesis (3) may be applied to the concentration on a case-by-case basis.
  • Take one upper division elective in Geographic Information Science, Human Geography, or Physical Geography.
  • Take upper and lower division electives within Geography if necessary to reach 37 total credits and 23 upper division credits in the major. 

* core curriculum course