Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Geography with a concentration in Physical Geography. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 1)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 2)3
Humanities (Goal 3 Humanities, BS Code H Course 1 of 2)3MATH 126 (Major Pre-requisite)4
MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, Major Pre-requisite)4CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5
CHEM 130 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pre-requisite)5COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication, BS Communication)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, BS Writing 3)13Humanities (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, BS Code H Course 2 of 2)3
History or Philosophy of Science (BS General Education)23Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science, BS Code S Course 1 of 2)3
PHSX 211
PHSX 216 (Major Pre-requisite)
5PHSX 212
PHSX 236 (Major Pre-requisite)
4
GEOG 104
GEOG 105 (Major Requirement)
5BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)4
 16 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, BS Code S Course 2 of 2)3GEOG 331 (Major Requirement)33
BIOL 152 (Major Pre-requisite )4GEOG 332 or CE 455 (Major Requirement)33
EECS 138 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOG 358 (Major Requirement)34
GEOG 316 (Major Requirement)34GEOG Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)43
GEOG 321 (Major Requirement)33Elective (Total Hours)3
 17 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3GEOG 500 or 714 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)33
GEOG 335 or 535 (Major Requirement)34GEOG Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)43
GIS Studies Course 500+ (Major Requirement)53Elective (Total Hours)3
GEOG Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)43Elective (Total Hours)3
 Elective (Total Hours)3
 13 15
Total Hours: 121
1

Geography BS majors are required to complete a third English, and a list of possible courses can be found under the Degree Requirements tab.

2

A list of possible courses for History or Philosophy of Science can be found under the Degree Requirements tab.

3

All major required Geology courses and most Geology elective courses numbered 300 and above are offered once a year, either in the fall, spring or summer term.

4

Geography BS with a concentration in Physical Geography requires 9.0 hours of elective course work chosen from courses in the following categories: Biogeography, Climate, Geomorphology, Soil Geography, and other advanced courses in Physical Geography. A list of possible courses can found on the Degree Requirements tab. 

5

 GEOG 526 is recommended.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.