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.S. Degree

Geography B.S. General Education Requirements

Written Communication – Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (0)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
Composition
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (0)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
Critical Reading and Writing
Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (0)
Satisfied by one of the following:
Topics in Reading and Writing: _____
Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to the Drama
Foundations of Technical Writing (recommended)
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

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

History or philosophy of science.

Select one of the folloiwng or consult undergraduate committee for approval of alternatives:3
Environment and History
Early Science to 1700
The Scientific Revolution
Science and Western Culture
Great Lives in Science
Environmental History of North America
Science and Religion
History of Science in the United States
Moral Issues in Medicine
Moral Issues in Computer Technology
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Natural Science
Philosophy of Social Science
History and Philosophy of Geographic Information Science

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 (29-31)
Calculus I. Satisfied by one of the following:
Calculus I
Calculus II. Satisfied by one of the following:
Calculus II
(MATH 220 and 320 are also recommended)
Physics I. Satisfied by one of the following:4-5
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (recommended)
College Physics I
and Calculus Supplement to College Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Physics II. Satisfied by one of the following:4-5
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
College Physics II
and Calculus Supplement to College Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Biology. Satisfied by:
BIOL 150
BIOL 152
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
and Principles of Organismal Biology
8
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II (or CHEM 190 and CHEM 195)
10
Information Technology. Satisfied by:
EECS 138Introduction to Computing: _____3
Geography Overview Courses (8)
Principles of Physical Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 104Principles of Physical Geography3
or GEOG 107 Principles of Physical Geography, Honors
Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography. Satisfied by:
GEOG 105Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography2
One course in Human or Regional Geography3
Core System Courses (16)
Climate:
GEOG 321Climate and Climate Change3
Geomorphology:
GEOG 331Regional Geomorphology of the United States3
Soil Geography:
GEOG 335Introduction to Soil Geography4
or GEOG 535 Soil Geography
Hydrology and Glaciology:
GEOG 332Glaciers and Landscape3
or CE 455 Hydrology
Biogeography:
BIOL 414Principles of Ecology3
Techniques Courses (11)
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data. Satisfied by:
GEOG 316Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data4
Principles of Geographic Information Systems. Satisfied by:
GEOG 358Principles of Geographic Information Systems4
One 500-level or above course from GIS Studies. (GEOG 526 Remote Sensing of Environment I recommended)3
Senior Capstone (3)
Satisfied by one of the following:
GEOG 500Senior Capstone in Geography3
or GEOG 714 Field Experience
Elective Courses (9)
Select two or more of the following:6
Biogeography:
GEOG 537Elements of Plant Geography3
Climate:
Microclimatology
Geomorphology:
Geoarchaeology
Geomorphology
Soil Geography:
Soil Chemistry
Soil Geomorphology
Other advanced courses in Physical Geography

Geographical Information and Analysis Option

Geography Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (21)
Calculus I. Satisfied by one of the following:
Calculus I
Calculus I, Honors
Calculus II. Satisfied by one of the following:
Calculus II
Calculus II, Honors
General Physics I. Satisfied by one of the following:
PHSX 211General Physics I4
PHSX 114
PHSX 201
College Physics I
and Calculus Supplement to College Physics I
5
General Physics II. Satisfied by one of the following:
PHSX 212General Physics II3
PHSX 115
PHSX 202
College Physics II
and Calculus Supplement to College Physics II
5
Visualizing Spatial Data. Satisfied by:
GEOG 514Visualizing Spatial Data4
or EECS 138 Introduction to Computing: _____
Overview Geography Courses (0)
Principles of Physical Geography or Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies. Satisfied by one of the following:
Principles of Physical Geography
and Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography
Principles of Physical Geography, Honors
and Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography
Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
Maps and Mapping or Computers, Maps, and Geographical Analysis. Satisfied by:
Mapping Our Changing World
Computers, Maps, and Geographical Analysis
Principles of Human Geography. Satisfied by:
People, Place, and Society
Principles of Human Geography, Honors
2 GEOG 300+ courses. One in Physical and one in Human and/or Regional Geography
Core Geographic Information Science Courses (0)
Six courses, at least one from each category:
Cartography and Visualization. Satisfied by:
Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization
Cartographic Design
Data Handling and Map Symbolization
Geographical Information Systems. Satisfied by:
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Intermediate Geographical Information Systems
Geographic Information Science
Remote Sensing. Satisfied by:
Remote Sensing of Environment I
Remote Sensing of Environment II
Statistics. Satisfied by:
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data
Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography
Advanced Geostatistics
Senior Capstone in Geography (0)
Satisfied by:
Senior Capstone in Geography
Field Experience
Geographic Information Science Electives (0)
Two other courses from geographic information science
Allied Field (9)
Three courses and nine hours minimum in one field (or a minor) (area studies, atmospheric science, biology, computer science, design, environmental studies, engineering, geology, psychology, urban planning).9
Electives (14-23)
14-23 credit hours of any university courses.14-23

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.

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.