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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


B.S. Degree in Geography

The Department of Geography offers both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. There are important differences in the university's general degree requirements for these degrees. Consult with your advisor to make certain you are doing the appropriate course work.

1. General Education Requirements

 For more information on the university's general requirements for the B.S. degree, see the USC Undergraduate Bulletin–Geography B.S.
 

2. Major Requirements

Students must choose one of the three tracks below. At least two courses must be at the 500 level; a minimum grade of C is required for all courses used to fulfill major requirements.

Physical/Environmental Geography (see bulletin)
All majors must complete at least 27 hours of geography courses, including one major prerequisite course (from GEOG 103, 104, 105, 121, 201, 202, or 210), one course from the geographic techniques (GEOG 341, 345, 363, or 551), eighteen credit hours from (GEOG 330, 343, 346, 347, 348, 360, 365, 370, 371, 516, 530, 545, 546, 547, 549, 566, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 573, 590; GEOG 201 or 202 may be used if not used to satisfy the major prerequisite), and a capstone seminar (GEOG 495). 

Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) (see bulletin)
All majors must complete at least 27 hours of geography courses, including one major prerequisite course (from GEOG 103, 104, 105, 121, 201, 202, or 210), GEOG 363 and two of the following:  GEOG 341, 345, or 531, three of the following:  GEOG 349, 535, 541, 542, 551, 552, 554, 562, 563, 564, 565, 575; GEOG 341, 345, or 531 may be used if not used above), one geography elective and GEOG 495.

General Geography (see bulletin)
All majors must complete at least 27 hours of geography courses, including one major prerequisite course (from GEOG 103, 104, 105, 121, 201, 202, or 210), twenty-one credit hours of Geography courses with advisor’s approval, and a capstone seminar (GEOG 495). No more than 9  hours of GEOG courses can be taken below 300-level.

 

3. Cognate or Minor

See the USC Undergraduate Bulletin–Geography B.S. (12-24 hours).

 

4. Electives

See USC Undergraduate Bulletin–College of Arts and Sciences (0-24 hours).