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Students must complete the university-level, college-level and breadth requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degrees in the College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment.

ENGL 110  Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 0-4
Breadth Requirements *can be fulfilled by college breadth requirements below 12
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multi-cultural Course 3

College Requirements:
Second Writing Requirement: (minimum grade C-) 3
A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are designated on the registrar's course search page
Mathematics:(Successful completion of one of the following four options) 0-4
MATH 113 Contemporary Mathematics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 127 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning

MATH 114 College Mathematics and Statistics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (designed for students who intend to continue the or study of mathematics)
MATH 117 Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers

Successful completion of any mathematics course at or above the 200-level except MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 205, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 252, MATH 253, MATH 266, MATH 300 or MATH 450.

Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. (0 credits awarded)

The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Foreign Language: 0-12
Successful completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 112 or 214) in an ancient or modern language. The number of credits needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination through the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

These requirements apply to all College of Earth, Ocean & Environment Bachelor of Arts degrees. College breadth courses when combined with University breadth courses must represent at least two departments or appropriate instructional units in each category.

If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

*note: 3 credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement
Creative Arts and Humanities 9
Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
History and Cultural Change 9
Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology 10
Understanding of fundamental and/or applied concepts and phenomena from mathematics, logic, natural or physical sciences, and technology including quantitative reasoning and methods used to approach and solve problems.

Courses taken to fulfill this category (university and college breadth) must include a minimum of one course with an associated laboratory

Two physical geography courses:
GEOG 101/GEOG 111 Physical Geography: Climatic Processes, with Laboratory 4
GEOG 152 Climate and Life 4
GEOG 106 Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes
Two of the following human geography courses:
GEOG 102 Human Geography 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 203 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 210 Economic Geography 3
Two methods courses:
GEOG 271 Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis 3
GEOG 372 Geographic Information Systems 3
Six credits selected from geography courses at or above the 200-level 6
Six credits selected from geography courses at or above the 300-level 6

GEOG 445

Method and Theory in Geography


After required courses are completed sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.


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