Geography (Human/Environment Relationships) - Bachelor of Science

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.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. Note: A grade of "C-" or better is required for all courses taken for the major. Students may not take any of these courses S/U.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
GEOG 1110GPhysical Geography (Departmental Requirement)4
GEOG 1120GWorld Regional Geography (Departmental Requirement)3
GEOG 1130GHuman Geography (Departmental Requirement)3
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics3
Viewing a Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
GEOG 2130Map Use and Analysis3
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Human Geography (HG) 56
Economic Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Urban Geography3
Transportation Geography3
Human-Environment Geography (HEG) 56
New Mexico and the American West3
U.S. National Parks3
Geography of Latin America3
Europe3
Field Explorations in Geography3
Physical Geography (PG) 56-7
Fundamentals of Biogeography3
Geomorphology3
Climatology3
Landscape Ecology4
Additional HG, HEG, & PG Course 56
Select 2 additional courses from either the Human Geography, Human Environment Geography or Physical Geography Courses above
Second Language Requirement: (required - see below)6-8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 642-45
15 credits must be Upper Division
Total Credits120
1

MATH 1220G College Algebra is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1220G first.

2

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

3

A ST 311 Statistical Applications is also an acceptable course to meet the departments Statistics course requirement, however it will not satisfy the General Education (GE) Elective requirement. If a student takes A ST 311 Statistical Applications, they will need to take an additional General Education course to complete the GE Elective requirement.

4

 See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

5

For all Human Geography, Human Environment Geography and Physical Geography course requirements, students cannot repeat the courses multiple times to fulfill the requirement.

Courses that have the "V" distinction and are a Human-Environment Geography and Human Geography courses will not count towards both the Viewing a Wider World and Human-Environment Geography and Human Geography requirements.

6

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in Geography with a Concentration in Human Environment Relationships there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

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

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 4:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 5:

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

Option 6:

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

Option 7:

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

Option 8:

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 9:

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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
GEOG 1110G Physical Geography (C- or better) 4
Elective Course or FYEX 1112 2 4
 Credits15
Spring
MATH 1220G College Algebra (C- or better) 3 3
Area VI: Creative Fine Arts Course 1 3
GEOG 1120G World Regional Geography (C- or better) 3
GEOG 1130G Human Geography (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistics (Recommended Gen. Ed. and C- or better)
Statistical Applications (C- or better) 4
GEOG 2130 Map Use and Analysis (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 2 6
 Credits15
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Introduction to Communication Honors
Second Language: either 1110-level or Upper Division GEOG course (C- or better) 5 3-4
Choose one from the following Human Geography Courses: 6 3
Economic Geography (C- or better)
Cultural Geography (C- or better)
Urban Geography (C- or better)
GEOG 381 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (C- or better) 4
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits16-17
Third Year
Fall
VWW - Viewing A Wider World Course 7 3
Second Language: either 1120-level or Upper Division GEOG course (C- or better) 5 3-4
Choose one from the following Human Environment Geography Courses: 8,9 3
New Mexico and the American West (C- or better)
U.S. National Parks (C- or better)
Geography of Latin America (C- or better)
Europe (C- or better)
Field Explorations in Geography (C- or better)
Elective Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 7 3
Choose one from the following Human Geography Courses: 8, 9 3
Economic Geography (C- or better)
Cultural Geography (C- or better)
Urban Geography (C- or better)
Choose one from the following Human Environment Geography Courses: 8,9 3
New Mexico and the American West (C- or better)
U.S. National Parks (C- or better)
Geography of Latin America (C- or better)
Europe (C- or better)
Field Explorations in Geography (C- or better)
Choose one from the following Physical Geography Courses: 9 3-4
Fundamentals of Biogeography (C- or better)
Geomorphology (C- or better)
Climatology (C- or better)
Landscape Ecology (C- or better)
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Choose one from the following Physical Geography Courses: 9 3-4
Fundamentals of Biogeography (C- or better)
Geomorphology (C- or better)
Climatology (C- or better)
Landscape Ecology (C- or better)
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 6
 Credits15-16
Spring
Choose two from the following course areas: 6
Human Geography 6,8
Human Environment Geography 6,8
Physical Geography 6
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 3
Elective Course 2 5
GEOG GIS&T Area Course (Optional) 7
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-124
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

3

MATH 1220G College Algebra is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1220G first.

4

A ST 311 Statistical Applications is also an acceptable course to meet the departments Statistics course requirement, however it will not satisfy the General Education (GE) Elective requirement. If a student takes A ST 311 Statistical Applications, they will need to take an additional General Education course to complete the GE Elective requirement.

5

Students should take courses to either complete the two semester Second Language Requirements with either Option 1 or Option 2 (see the requirements tab for this degree, the Second Language section)

6

Human Geography: GEOG 361V Economic Geography, GEOG 363V Cultural Geography, GEOG 365V Urban Geography, GEOG 467 Transportation Geography

Human Environment Geography: GEOG 325V New Mexico and the American West, GEOG 326 U.S. National Parks, GEOG 328V Geography of Latin America, GEOG 331V Europe, GEOG 483 Field Explorations in Geography

Physical Geography: GEOG 351 Fundamentals of Biogeography, GEOG 353 Geomorphology, GEOG 357 Climatology, GEOG 452 Landscape Ecology

7

 See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

8

Courses that have the "V" distinction and are a Human-Environment Geography and Human Geography courses will not count towards both the Viewing a Wider World and Human-Environment Geography and Human Geography requirements.

9

For all Human Geography, Human Environment Geography and Physical Geography course requirements, students cannot repeat the courses multiple times to fulfill the requirement.

10

 GEOG GIS&T Area Course:

  • GEOG 373 Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 441 System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • GEOG 488 GIS and Water Resources