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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 (53-65 hours)

 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 (32-33 hours)

All majors must complete at least 32 hours of geography courses in one of the following tracks to bring them to the required 32-35 hour total, with at least two courses at the 500 level (excluding GEOG 595). A minimum grade of C is required for all courses used to fulfill major requirements. 

Physical/Environmental Geography (see bulletin)
GEOG 201, 202, 210, 343, 348, and 495 (20 hours); and at least three additional courses selected from GEOG 330, 346, 347, 370, 371, 516, 530, 545, 546, 547, 549, 566, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 573 (9-12 hours); and at least one other course from geographic information sciences at the 300 level or above (3 hours). 

Human/Economic Geography (see bulletin)
GEOG 201 or 202, 210, 311 or 313, and 495 (13 hours); one course in regional geography (3 hours); and at least five additional courses selected from GEOG 312, 324, 333, 344, 370, 378, 511, 512, 515, 544, and 581 (15 hours); and at least one other course from geographic information sciences at the 300 level or above (3 hours). 

Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) (see bulletin)
GEOG 201 or 202, 210, 341, 345, 363, 531, and 495 (22 hours); at least three additional courses selected from GEOG 541, 551, 552, 554, 562, 563, and 564 (9 hours); and one other non-GISc course at the 300 level or above (3-4 hours).

General Geography (see bulletin)
GEOG 201 or 202, 210, and 495 (10 hours); one course in regional geography (3 hours); one course from the geographic techniques (3 hours); and six other courses at the 200 level and above (18-23 hours). At least two courses for the major must be at the 500 level or above.

 

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).