Why study geography?

Because people, places, and environments interact and evolve in a changing world.

Why study atmospheric science?

The study of atmospheric processes enables us to understand human interactions with the environment.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission 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.A. or B.G.S. Major

Geography Core Knowledge and Skills (18)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Principles of Physical Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 104Principles of Physical Geography (Required Geography Courses)3
or GEOG 107 Principles of Physical Geography, Honors
Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 105Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography2
Principles of Human Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 102People, Place, and Society3
or GEOG 103 Principles of Human Geography, Honors
Computers, Maps and Geographical Analysis. Satisfied by:
GEOG 210Computers, Maps, and Geographical Analysis3
Mapping. Satisfied by:
GEOG 316Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data4
or GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Senior Capstone in Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 500Senior Capstone in Geography3
or GEOG 714 Field Experience
Geography Required Elective Hours (0)
Majors must complete five courses (15 hours) at the 200-500 level, in addition to the core above, from at least 3 of the following 4 groups, one of which must be a regional course:
Physical Studies. Satisfied by:
Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies
Environmental Conservation
Climate and Climate Change
Regional Geomorphology of the United States
Glaciers and Landscape
Introduction to Soil Geography
Introduction to River Systems
Topics in Physical Geography: _____
Physical Geography of Africa
Human Biogeography, Honors
Topics in Physical Geography: _____
Soil Geography
Elements of Plant Geography
Soil Chemistry
Soil Physics
Topics in Physical Geography: _____
Soil Geomorphology
Advanced Geomorphology
Topics in Stable Isotopes in the Natural Sciences:
Geographic Information Science. Satisfied by:
Mapping Our Changing World
Computers, Maps, and Geographical Analysis
Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data
Topics in Techniques: _____
History and Philosophy of Geographic Information Science
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Computer Programming for Mapping and Spatial Analysis
Workshop in Production Cartography
Biogeography Field and Laboratory Techniques
Geographical Information Systems: _____
Intermediate Cartography: _____
Cartographic Design
Visualizing Spatial Data
Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography
Data Handling and Map Symbolization
Remote Sensing of Environment I
Intermediate Geographical Information Systems
GIS Application Programming
Location Modeling
Topics in Geographic Information Science: _____
Advanced Cartography: _____
Practicum in Cartography
Field Experience
Advanced Geostatistics
Remote Sensing of Environment II
Advanced Biogeography Field and Laboratory Techniques
Geographic Information Science
Human Studies. Satisfied by:
Geopolitics in the News
Environment, Culture and Society
Economic Geography
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Environmental Geopolitics
Political Geography
Intermediate Human Geography
Urban Geography
Topics in Cultural Geography: _____
Human Factors
History of Cartography
Topics in Urban/Economic Geography: _____
Seminar in Urban Geography
Geography of the Energy Crisis
Cities and Development
Geography of American Indians
Topics in Cultural Geography: _____
Cultural Geography of the United States
Geography of American Foodways
Geopolitics and Genocide
Indigenous Peoples of the World
Cultural Ecology
Information Design
Development of Geographic Thought
Topics in Urban/Economic Geography: _____
Topics in Cultural Geography: _____
Problems in Political Geography
Regional Studies. Satisfied by:
Environmental Geopolitics
Africa's Human Geographies
Geography of the United States and Canada
Environmental Issues of: _____
East Asia
Geography of Kansas and the Plains
Topics in Regional Studies: _____
Environmental Issues in Africa
Geography of African Development
Exploring Oceania
Geography of Latin America
Understanding Central Asia
Middle American Geography
Central American Peoples and Lands
Geography of the Former Soviet Union
Geography of Eastern Europe
Geography of Brazil
North American Regions: _____
Latin American Regions: _____
Regions of the Former USSR
European Regions: _____
Asian Regions: _____

Major Hours & Major GPA

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

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 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.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Geography can be found here: Geography, or by using the left-side navigation.

Sample 4-year plans for the BGS degree and BS degree in Geography can be found using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors in Geography

To be accepted as a candidate for honors, an undergraduate major must have completed at least 9 hours of upper-division credit in geography with a grade-point average of 3.5 in all geography courses and of at least 3.25 overall. In addition to outstanding work in geography, the program requires GEOG 499, an independent study course consisting of an honors paper.

The student presents the results of this paper in an oral examination to a committee of at least 2 faculty members, normally from the geography department, chaired by the GEOG 499 supervisor. To graduate with honors, the student must complete the paper and the examination and maintain the 3.5 and 3.25 grade-point averages.