Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW

Department of Geography

Graduate Program Overview and Requirements


Offerings

The Department of Geography offers programs leading to the Master of Arts in Geography, Master of Science in Teaching, and Master of Planning degrees. Areas of emphasis include: physical geography, natural resource management, spatial analysis, visualization, human geography, and recreation resource management. Areas in planning include: land use planning, natural resource planning, and small town and rural area planning. 

Admission (All Programs)

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in the general section of the Graduate Bulletin, applicants must submit a statement of academic and professional goals.  All applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. Undergraduate deficiencies, identified by the candidate and advisor, can be remedied during the degree program. To apply to the University of Wyoming Graduate School click here

Geography Degree Requirements

Required Background

Incoming students must have a minimum undergraduate background equivalent to 15 semester hours in college-level geography courses to include three hours each in maps and mapping, human geography, and physical geography. Planning students may use undergraduate course work in planning, analytic tools, regional science, or other relevant subject matter to meet the undergraduate requirement. Deficiency courses prescribed by the faculty advisor do not count toward graduate program requirements, and must be taken for credit and for a grade (not S/U). 

All Master Degrees (Plan A Thesis)

Thirty credit hours of approved course work (not including thesis research), a minimum of six hours of thesis research, and completion of a thesis.

Core Requirements - All Programs:

  • GEOG 5000 Research Perspectives (3)
  • GEOG 5001 Research in Geography Colloquium (2)
  • GEOG 5002 Geography Graduate Seminar (1)
  • Students will successfully complete at least two techniques courses totaling six or more credit hours.  These may be selected from the list below.  Alternatively, students may discuss with their advisor techniques courses that more appropriately support their program of study and research plans. 

    • GEOG 4200 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences (4)
    • GEOG 5111 Remote Sensing of the Environment/Lab (4)
    • GEOG 5210 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • GEOG 5220 Spatial Modeling (4) 
    • GEOG 5455 Remote Sensing of Rivers (3)
    • GEOG 5050 Data Management (2) 
    • STAT 5070 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (3)
    • STAT 5210 Statistical Methods (3)
    • AMST 5800 Historical Preservation (3)
    • SOC 5100 Advanced Social Research Methods (3)
    • GEOL 5430 Applied Geostatistics (3)
    • GEOL 5446 Introduction to Geostatistics (3)

All students must complete a thesis which shall be an original contribution to knowledge.  All students must prepare a thesis proposal for submission to their committee and have committee approval to initiate research on their thesis and must successfully complete an oral defense of their thesis.  The student's committee may also require a written examination. 

Masters in Geography:

Students must fulfill all requirements above.  

Master of Science in Teaching:

Students must fulfill all requirements above, plus requirements developed in conjunction with faculty advisor in the College of Education, not to be less than 12 credit hours of courses in education and/or geography education.    

Planning:

  • Core Courses: (12 hours)

    • GEOG 4310 Foundations of Sustainable Planning (3) 
    • POLS 5510 Public Policy and Program Management (3) 
    • GEOG 5325 Legal Aspects of Planning (3)
    • GEOG 5330 Land Use Planning (3)
  • Analysis Courses: (three courses-9 hours); 1 Statistics course, 2 Techniques courses

    • Statistics: (one course - 3 hours)

    • Techniques: (two courses - 6 hours)

      Students completing the Plan A option are required to complete a minimum of six hours of thesis research.

      Students completing the Plan B are required to complete a minimum of six hours of geographic research writing and two papers from the areas of planning: land use, natural resource, or small town and rural area.

  • Elective Courses:

    • Fifteen hours of elective course work in planning areas: land use, natural resource, or small town and rural area approved by faculty advisor.

 

Master of Arts in Geography/Water Resources

Core Requirements:

  • GEOG 5000 Research Perspectives (3)
  • GEOG 5450 Fluvial Geomorphology (4)
  • REWM 4700 Wildland Watershed Management (3) OR REWM 4285 Wildland Hydrology (3)

In completing core methods requirements students may also choose GEOG 5111, Remote Sensing of the Environment (4), or GEOG 4455/5455, Remote Sensing of Rivers (3).  Additional course requirements include one class from the Technical Hydrology and/or Water Quality lists for the Interdisciplinary MS Program in Hydrology & Water Resources (WARE) program and one course from the Law and Natural Resource Economics list. 

  • Technical HydrologyWater Quality Course Requirement (at least one of the following):
     
    • CE 4800 Hydrology (3)
    • CE 5435 Environmental Transport Processes (3)
    • CE 5445 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3)
    • CE 5810 Ground Water Hydrology (3)
    • CE 5860 Soil Erosion and Conservation (3) 
    • CE 5870 Water Resources Engineering (3) 
    • CE 5880 Advanced Hydrology (3)  
    • GEOL 5444 Geohydrology (3) 
    • GEOL 5550 Numerical Methods in Ground Water Geology I (3)  
    • GEOL 5570 Advanced Geohydrology (3)
    • REWM 4700 Wildland Watershed Management (3)  
    • REWM 5280 Stream Habitat Management (3)
    • REWM 5285 Wildland Hydrology (3)
    • SOIL/MATH 5110 Modeling Flow Transport in Soil and Groundwater Systems (4)
    • BOT 5740 Ecosystems Analysis (4)
    • CE 4410 Environmental Engineering Chemistry (3)
    • CE 4400 Design of Water Treatment Facilities (3)
    • CE 5410 Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment (3)
    • CE 5450 Advanced Physical/Chemical Water Treatment Processes (3)
    • GEOL 4490 Geochemistry (3)
    • GEOL 5450 Water Quality Modeling (3)
    • GEOL 5777 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)
    • REWM 5710 Watershed Water Quality Management (3)
    • SOIL 5130 Chemistry of the Soil Environment (4)
    • ZOO 4440 Limnology (3)
  •  Law and Natural Resource Economics Course Requirement (at least one of the following): 

    • AGEC 4710 Natural Resource Law and Policy (3)
    • AGEC 4720 Water Resource Economics (3)
    • AGEC 5630 Advanced Natural Resources Economics (3)
    • ECON 4400 Environmental Economics (3)
    • ECON 4410 Natural Resources Economics (3)
    • ECON 5400 Advanced Resource & Environmental Economics (3)
    • LAW 6660 Environmental Law (3)
    • LAW 6860 Water Rights (3)

 Plan B (Non-Thesis)  

Thirty credit hours of approved course work (not including geographic research writing credit), a minimum of six hours of research writing credit, and the completion of two professional research papers.

Core Requirements - All Programs:

  • GEOG 5000 Research Perspectives (3)
  • GEOG 5001 Research in Geography Colloquium (2)
  • GEOG 5002 Geography Graduate Seminar (2)
  • Students will successfully complete at least two techniques courses totaling six or more credit hours.  These may be selected from the list below.  Alternatively, students may discuss with their advisor techniques courses that more appropriately support their program of study and research plans. 

    • GEOG 4200 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences (4)
    • GEOG 5111 Remote Sensing of the Environment/Lab (4)
    • GEOG 5210 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • GEOG 5220 Spatial Modeling (4)
    • GEOG 5455 Remote Sensing of Rivers (3)
    • GEOG 5050 Data Management (2)
    • STAT 5070 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (3)
    • STAT 5210 Statistical Methods (3)
    • AMST 5800 Historical Preservation (3)
    • SOC 5100 Advanced Social Research Methods (3)
    • GEOL 5430 Applied Geostatistics (3)
    • GEOL 5446 Introduction to Geostatistics (3)   

All students must have committee approval to initiate research on their professional papers and must successfully complete an oral defense of their professional papers.  The student's committee may also require a written examination.




Share This Page:

Contact Us

Department of Geography

Ross Hall, Room 223

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3311

Email: geographydept@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon