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The Geography program (within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences) offers a BA degree that includes a full range of courses in the fundamentals of geography taught mainly by full-time faculty.
Geography and urban planning share a common concern for the spatial configuration of the places we inhabit and enjoy. In recognition of this close association, there is currently an articulation agreement between the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning that provides students with a mechanism for acceleration through the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program, if accepted into that graduate program. Those students completing the requirements for an undergraduate planning minor may also be eligible to pursue an accelerated MURP degree. If interested in this option, the student should work closely with the option advisor in selecting coursework. (Please see the Graduate Catalog for more information on this graduate program.)
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must complete a minimum of 24 upper division (3000-level and above) credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to program requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 GEOG, GEOL or ENVS credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Only three credits of Travel Study may be counted toward graduation requirements.
- Undergraduate students may count up to 6 credit hours of independent study or internship (any combination of GEOG 3840 Independent Study: GEOG, GEOG 4840 Independent Study: GEOG, GEOG 4880 Directed Research, or GEOG 3939 Internship) towards elective credit in the major as approved by the undergraduate coordinator. Students may not receive more than three credit hours per independent study section. No more than three credit hours of independent study may be taken with the same instructor or in the same term.
- This option has an articulation agreement with the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. If interested, students should check with the option advisor early in the program.
- GEOG 3939 Internship: Community/Professional Experience optional, but highly recommended.
|Complete all of the following required courses:
|Introduction to Environmental Sciences
and Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory
or GEOG 1202
|Introduction to Physical Geography
|World Regions Global Context
or GEOG 1302
|Introduction to Human Geography
|Urban Studies and Planning
|Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis
|Weather and Climate
|Globalization and Regional Development
|Urban Geography: Denver and the U.S.
|Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice
|Complete four of the following Urban Studies or Planning elective courses:
|Geography of Health
|Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment
|Sustainability in Resources Management
|Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research
|Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I
|Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study II
|Urban Climate and Air Quality
Students can select up to three of the four elective courses from the following: 3
|Planning the Built Environment
|Planning History and Theory
|Transportation, Planning and Policy
|Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
|Regional Growth and Equity
|Complete one of the following Techniques for Urban Analysis courses:
|Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing 1
|Introduction to GIS 2
|GIS Applications for the Urban Environment
|Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications
|Deploying GIS Functionality on the Web
pre-req for Remote Sensing II
pre-req to most of the advanced GISci courses
Students who desire to take URPL 4000-level courses need a 3.0 GPA or higher, be in their senior year, and have permission from the instructor and CAP to register. Students should meet with the GES department advisor before registering for courses.
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