The Geography major requires a minimum of 52 credits in geography (or specifically noted Environmental Studies, Math, Chemistry and Physics) courses. At least 10 courses (40 credits) must be taken in geography core subjects and at least three elective courses are required in a chosen geography track (12 credits). At least eight Geography courses must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C- or better is required in each course, and a GPA of 2.25 or better is required in courses used for the major.
A major check sheet (called the ’Green Sheet’) summarizes the requirements below.
- Green Sheet for students beginning Fall 2012 and later: Geography Major Checklist (2012)
- Green Sheet for students beginning before Fall 2012: Geography Major Checklist
See our ‘Pink Sheet’ for course offerings for the 2014-2015 academic year.: Pink Sheet (2014-2015)
General Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Geography
Bachelor of Science
All Geography majors seeking a B.S. degree will be required to complete any math sequence that satisfies the University’s math requirement for a B.S. degree. Math classes must be passed with a grade of at least C- or P. For the Environmental Geography Track we recommend either a statistics sequence or a calculus sequence. For the Geographic Information Science Track, we recommend a computer programming sequence. For students interested in the Physical Geography Track, there are recommendations based on your more specific interests. For geomorphology we recommend a calculus emphasis; for biogeography we recommend a statistics emphasis; and for climatology we recommend a calculus or computer programming emphasis.
Bachelor of Arts
All Geography majors seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate proficiency in a second language either by passing the third quarter of a second-year university language course with a grade of C- or better or by an examination indicating an equivalent level of proficiency.
If you are considering applying to graduate school in the future, we strongly recommended that you complete both the math and language requirements.
All undergraduates must satisfy group requirements. For details see Group Requirements in the Registration and Academic Policies section of the UO Catalog. Geography majors should consult their advisers to determine which group-satisfying courses best support their major.
Course changes beginning in Fall 2012
Course renumbering will occur as follows: 311 becomes 481; 411 becomes 493; 416 becomes 482; 417 becomes 495; 418 becomes 485; 472 becomes 491.
Specific Course Requirements and Geography Major Checklists
All Geography majors must complete three introductory courses, one regional or synthesis course, two techniques classes, two physical geography classes, two human geography classes, and three track classes, as listed below. Note that a single course may fulfill only one core requirement or track.
Introductory Geography — 8 credits. All three introductory courses are required. The Natural Environment (GEOG 141), Human Geography (GEOG 142), and Our Digitial Earth (GEOG 181).
Regional/Synthetic Geography — 4 credits. Any one (1) course selected from World Regional Geography (GEOG 201), Geography of Europe (GEOG 202), Geography of Russia and Neighbors (GEOG 204), Geography of Pacific Asia (GEOG 205), Geography of Oregon (GEOG 206), Geography of the United States and Canada (GEOG 208), Geography of the Middle East and North Africa (GEOG 209), Geography of Latin America (GEOG 214), Watershed Science and Policy (GEOG 360), Advanced Geography of European-American Regions (GEOG 470), North American Historical Landscapes (GEOG 471), Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions (GEOG 475), Introduction to Environmental Studies: Social Sciences (ENVS 201).
GIScience/Techniques for Geographers — 8 credits. Two (2) courses. One (1) required course GIScience I (GEOG 481). One (1) course from Practicum (GEOG 409) (with faculty advisor approval), GIScience II (GEOG 482), Remote Sensing I (GEOG 485), Remote Sensing II (GEOG 486), Topics in GIS (GEOG 490), Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 491), Advanced Cartography (GEOG 493), Geographic Data Analysis (GEOG 495).
Physical Geography — 8 credits. Any two (2) courses selected from Climatology (GEOG 321), Geomorphology (GEOG 322), Biogeography (GEOG 323), Advanced Climatology (GEOG 421), Advanced Geomorphology (GEOG 422), Advanced Biogeography (GEOG 423), Hydrology and Water Resources (GEOG 425), Fluvial Geomorphology (GEOG 427), Long-Term Environmental Change (GEOG 430), Climatological Aspects of Global Change (GEOG 432), Fire and Natural Disturbance (GEOG 433).
Human Geography — 8 credits. Any two (2) courses selected from Population and Environment (GEOG 341), Geography of Globalization (GEOG 342), Society, Culture, and Place (GEOG 343), Political Geography (GEOG 441), Urban Geography (GEOG 442), Global Migration (GEOG 443), Cultural Geography (GEOG 444), Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (GEOG 445), Tourism and Development (GEOG 448), Environmental Alteration (GEOG 461), Historical and Contemporary Views of the Environment (GEOG 462), Geography, Law and Environment (GEOG 463), Environment and Development (GEOG 465), International Water Policy (GEOG 467), North American Historical Landscapes (GEOG 471), Perspectives in Nature and Society, ENVS 420 (if taught by Peter Walker), Political Ecology, ENVS 450 (if taught by Peter Walker).
Track Electives — 12 credits. Three (3) additional 400-level courses chosen within one of five tracks:
- Physical Geography (B.S.): PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202; CHEM 111 or 221 and any three of GEOG 421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 430, 432, 433.
- Environmental Geography (B.A. or B.S.): Any three of GEOG 421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 430, 432, 433, 461, 462, 463, 465, 466, 467, or ENVS 450 or ENVS 255 (when taught by P. Walker).
- Culture, Politics and Place (B.A.): Any three of GEOG 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 448, 461, 462, 463, 465, 467, 471.
- Geographic Information Science (B.S.): Any three of GEOG 482, 485, 486, 490, 491, 493, 495.
- Geographic Education (B.S. with foreign language recommended; B.A. accepted): Any three of GEOG 409 (must be advisor-approved), 442, 443, 445, 461, 462, 465, 467, 470, 471, 475 or other upper division classes with advisor approval.
Note that GEOG 407 (Seminar) and 410 (Experimental Course) or other upper division classes with advisor’s approval may also count towards any course category. Check with an advisor to see if a particular class qualifies. Note also that it is possible to create an independent track with the approval of a department advisor.