Geography - Bachelor of Science

The department offers two concentrations for the major in Geography, please see below for more information.

Concentration: Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS &T)

The Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Concentration offers a solid foundation in geographic thought and human and physical geography, and provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in spatial analysis and modeling through the use of geographic information systems and remote sensing tools and concepts. Preparation for advanced studies is also provided.

Departmental Requirements
GEOG 111GGeography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 112GWorld Regional Geography3
or GEOG 120G Culture and Environment
GEOG 281Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation3
GEOG 373Introduction to Remote Sensing4
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS & T)4
GEOG 482Geodatabase Design3
Select 6-7 credits from the following:6-7
System Design for Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)3
Advanced Remote Sensing4
GIS and Water Resources3
Special Topics1-3
GIS&T Applications and Modeling3
Select 9-10 credits from the following: 19-10
Physical Geography (PG)
Fundamentals of Biogeography3
Geomorphology3
Climatology3
Landscape Ecology4
Human Geography (HG)
Economic Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Urban Geography3
Transportation Geography3
Human Environment Geography (HEG)
Select one from the following:3
New Mexico and the American West3
U.S. National Parks3
Geography of Latin America3
Europe3
Field Explorations in Geography3
Non-Departmental Requirements
Select one from each of the following 3 categories:3
Choose a Statistics class
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (or)3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (or)3
Statistical Applications3
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication3
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
Second Language Requirement: (required - see below)4-18
Electives
Select sufficient electives to total 120 credits, including 48 upper-division credits.51
Total Credits107-123
1

Select either one Physical Geography (PG) class and two Human Geography (HG) classes, OR two Physical Geography (PG) classes and one Human Geography (HG) class.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geography with a Concentration in GIS&T there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Complete 6 additional upper-division Geography courses (beyond major requirements)6

Option 3:

Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

Concentration: Human/Environment Relationships (HER)

The Human Environment Relationships Concentration offers a solid foundation in geographic thought and geospatial analysis and provides students with advanced knowledge and skills for assessing human and environmental systems and the coupled and complex interactions between people and the environment. Preparation for advanced graduate studies is also provided.

Departmental Requirements
GEOG 111GGeography of the Natural Environment4
GEOG 112GWorld Regional Geography3
GEOG 120GCulture and Environment3
GEOG 281Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation3
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 455Southwest Environments3
Human Geography (HG)
Select two from the following: 16
Economic Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Urban Geography3
Transportation Geography3
Physical Geography (PG)
Select 6-7 credits from the following: 16-7
Fundamentals of Biogeography3
Geomorphology3
Climatology3
Landscape Ecology4
Human-Environment Geography (HEG)
Select two from the following: 16
New Mexico and the American West3
U.S. National Parks3
Geography of Latin America3
Europe3
Field Explorations in Geography3
Non-Departmental Requirements
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication3
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
Select one from the following:3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (or)3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (or)3
Statistical Applications3
Second Language Requirement: (required - see below)4-18
Electives
Select sufficient electives to total 120 credits, including 48 upper-division credits.54
Total Credits105-120
1

HER students will also take one more class from the Human, Physical, or Human Environment Geography class areas.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geography with a Concentration in HER there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Complete 6 additional upper-division Geography courses (beyond major requirements)6

Option 3:

Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.