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    Aug 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Geography and Geographic Information Systems B.A., with Geographic Information Systems Concentration


Geography and Geographic Information Systems B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Geographic Information Systems offers courses in Physical Geography, Human Geography, and Geographic Information Systems. Human Geography courses focus on the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the historical evolution of urban form and function, land-use changes and conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations. Physical Geography courses focus on major environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses provide skills in GIS and technology, remote sensing, geovisualization, and spatial analysis and modelling. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


  • GEO XXXX* – 3 credit hours
  • GEO XXXX* – 3 credit hours

* Two introductory courses in Geography with GEO prefix.

FOR ALL MAJORS:  Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Required Courses: (19 credit hours)


Major (Restricted) Electives: (18 credit hours)


Students completing a Geography and Geographic Information Systems program of study will complete one of two concentrations: Geography or Geographic Information Systems.

Geographic Information Systems Concentration: 6 courses; 18 credit hours


Geography and Geographic Information Systems B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0 
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
USF GPA:  2.0
Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


A C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements


Department and College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


Speak to the undergraduate advisor concerning internship opportunities. See advising information below.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email GeoAdvise@usf.edu.

St Pete Campus Websitehttps://stpetersburg.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email advising@usfsp.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Geography and Geographic Information Systems B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • GEO 4340 - Natural Hazards  Credit(s): 3 
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - Geography and Geographic Information Systems B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • GEO 4340 - Natural Hazards  Credit(s): 3 
  • Concentration Core Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13