Degree Requirements

Geography Programs

The B.A., B.G.S., and B.S. in geography provide general liberal arts enrichment, preparation for graduate work, and training for careers in geography and related fields. Geography may be combined with another program as a double major, or courses in another area may simply be added to those in geography.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students should begin the major by meeting the core requirements and preparing for major courses.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Geography B.S. General Education Requirements

Written Communication – Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

  • Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, or ENGL 362 (ENGL 362 recommended), or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent.

Communications. Satisfied by COMS 130 (COMS 230, PHIL 148, PHIL 310 or exemption).

History or philosophy of science. (Choose 1 of the following or consult undergraduate committee for approval of alternatives: HIST 103, HIST 136, HIST 305, HIST 306, HIST 311, HIST 347, HIST 360, HIST 407, PHIL 365, PHIL 370, PHIL 375, PHIL 380, PHIL 620, PHIL 622, GEOG 357).

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 principal courses in the humanities. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 principal courses in the social sciences. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 50 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Physical Geography Option

Geography Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge

Geography Overview Courses

  • Principles of Physical Geography. Satisfied by GEOG 104 or GEOG 107 (Honors)
  • Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography. Satisfied by GEOG 105
  • One course in Human or Regional Geography

Core System Courses

  • Biogeography: BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology
  • Climate: GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
  • Geomorphology: GEOG 331 Regional Geomorphology of the United States
  • Soil Geography: GEOG 335 Introduction to Soil Geography or GEOG 535 Soil Geography
  • Hydrology and Glaciology: GEOG 332 Glaciers and Landscape or CE 455 Hydrology

Techniques Courses

  • Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data. Satisfied by GEOG 316.
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems. Satisfied by GEOG 358.
  • One 500-level or above course from GIS Studies. (GEOG 526 Remote Sensing of Environment I recommended)

Senior Capstone. Satisfied by GEOG 500 or GEOG 714 Field Experience.

Elective Courses. (2 or more of the following courses)

Geographical Information and Analysis Option

Geography Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge

Overview Geography Courses

Core Geographic Information Science Courses. 6 courses, at least 1 from each category:

Senior Capstone in Geography. Satisfied by GEOG 500 or GEOG 714

Geographic Information Science Electives. 2 other courses from geographic information science

Allied Field. 3 courses and 9 hours minimum in 1 field (or a minor) (area studies, atmospheric science, biology, computer science, design, environmental studies, engineering, geology, psychology, urban planning).

Electives. 14-23 credit hours of any university courses.

Geography Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 50 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Contact Info

Department of Geography

Lindley Hall
1475 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575
785-864-5143
785-864-5378
kugeog@ku.edu
http://www.geog.ku.edu/
Johannes Feddema, Chair
785-864-5534
Stephen Egbert, Associate Chair
785-864-4252

Department of Geography

Lindley Hall
1475 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 230
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-5143
785-864-5378
kugeog@ku.edu
http://www.geog.ku.edu/
Peter Herlihy, Undergraduate Coordinator
785-864-4292

Department of Geography

Lindley Hall
1475 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575
785-864-5143
785-864-5378
kugeog@ku.edu
http://www.geog.ku.edu/
Nathaniel Brunsell, Graduate Program Director
785-864-2021
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