B.A. in Geography Requirements

Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements and Assigned Credits (42 credits)

  1. Core Courses (15)
    • GEOG 101 Geog & Nat Environ (3) or ENSC 100 Intro to Environmental Science (3)
    • GEOG 103 Geog And Contemp Soc (3) or GEOG 102 World Regional Geography (3)
    • GEOG 201 Interp Geog Data (3)
    • GEOG 280 Introduction to Geostatistics (3)
    • GEOG 495 Senior Seminar in Geography (3) or GEOG 490 Senior Thesis (3)
  2. Physical Geography: two courses from the following list (6)
    • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
    • GEOG 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
    • GEOG 309 Biogeography (3)
    • GEOG 319 Nat Hazards/Disasters (3)
    • GEOG 320 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 360 Surface Water (3)
    • GEOG 409 Princples of Landscape Ecology (3)
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
    • ENSC/BIOL 457 Vegetation of the Hawaiian Isl (3)
    • GEOG 494 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
  3. GIS and Spatial Techniques: two courses from the following list (6)
    • CS 150 Intro To Computer Science I (3)
    • GEOG 385 Fld Meth in Geog & Environ Sci (3)
    • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing/Air Photo (3)
    • GEOG 480 Geog Info Sys & Visualization (3)
    • GEOG 481 Advance Geo-Spatial Techniques (3)
    • GEOG 488 Advanced Geostatistics (3)
    • GEOG 494 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
  4. Human Geography and Planning: two courses from the following list (6)
    • GEOG 107 Hawaii in the Pacific (3)
    • GEOG 312 Food and Societies (3)
    • GEOG 328 Cultural Geography (3)
    • GEOG 321 Geog Of Economic Activity (3)
    • GEOG 325 Legal Geography (3)
    • GEOG 326 Natural Resources (3)
    • GEOG 329 Development Geographies (3)
    • GEOG 331 Tourism Geographies (3)
    • GEOG 332 Geog Of Hawaiian Islands (3)
    • GEOG 335 Geog Of Oceania (3)
    • GEOG 340 Intro to Land Use Planning (3)
    • GEOG 382 Qualitative Research (3)
    • GEOG 387 Lit Of The Environment (3)
    • GEOG 430 Gender, Place and Environment (3)
    • GEOG 435 Senior Seminar Pacific Studies (3)
    • GEOG 436 Environ Politics in Pacific (3)
    • GEOG 441 Environmentl Impact Assessment (3)
    • GEOG 494 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
    • GEOG 496 Planning Internship (3)
  5. Area of Specialization (9)
    • Choose three additional 300- or 400-level courses from the above areas. Two of those courses must be within the same area of specialization.

Total Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Geography

120 credits required.

Notes

  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. Where appropriate, and with the approval of the Geography chairperson, one Special Topics course (GEOG 494 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)) may be substituted for a course under Blocks I or II.
  3. At least 45 credits must be earned in courses at the 300- and 400-level.
  4. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  5. Students wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  6. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  7. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.