Department of Geography
207 Arts and Sciences Building
1000 E University Ave
7:30 am - 5:00 pm M-F
Laramie, WY 82071
In addition to course work required by the university and the college, majors must complete 40 hours of department requirements with a grade of C or better. Note: Students not pursuing one of the five existing concentrations but who accumulate 15 or more of their 26 content credits in Physical Geography and Geographic Information Science qualifies for the BS degree. Those accumulating 15 or more of their 26 content credits in Natural Resource Management and Human Geography qualify for either a BS or a BA degree. Students must declare to their academic advisor their preference of degrees prior to graduation. Students in both the BA and BS programs must complete the following:
26 hours distributed among a minimum of three of the following areas with at least two courses in each of two areas:
Courses which satisfy content area requirements are identified by the following codes which appear at the end of the course descriptions: (H) human geography, (P) physical geography, (A) geographic information science, (R) natural resource management. Courses used to meet department requirements must be approved by the faculty adviser. The remaining credit hours needed for completion of the B.A. or B.S. are elective credits (approximately 13-15).
Although students are encouraged to sample from the wide variety of courses within the geography program, and the general geography major is an option selected by many students, most undergraduate majors choose to specialize in one of the department's areas of concentration.
Offerings in this concentration include an introductory survey of the natural environment and advanced course work in areas that include landforms, soils, weather and climate, glacial and periglacial environments, paleoenvironments, and biogeography. Course work in this concentration is frequently related to ongoing faculty research programs and activities. Courses in this concentration are designated with (P) in the following course listing. The concentration consists of 16 hours to include:
This concentration focuses upon the interface between geography and the computer. It offers specialized training in a variety of analytic tools and methods courses ranging from the design and preparation of maps using computer-aided mapping programs to the spatial analysis of physical and human phenomena using detailed computer-based geographic-based geographic information systems (GIS). Courses in this concentration are designated with an (A) in the following course listing. The concentration consists of 19 hours to include:
This concentration provides a broad interdisciplinary approach to the management of natural and recreational resources, with emphasis on the Rocky Mountain region. Resource management is a major focus of departmental faculty and encompasses an array of topics, including physical and social aspects of natural resource management, management of fire in natural systems, public land management, hazard studies, the planning-managing-administration of recreation and tourism resources, and the geographic analysis of resource systems. Courses in this concentration are designated as (R) in the course listing. The concentration consists of 15 hours to include:
The human geography concentration examines how societies organize their economic, cultural, and political activities spatially, and how human societies interact with their environments. Courses in the concentration are directed toward economic, cultural, regional, and global studies. Students in this concentration typically take a variety of courses from related fields such as sociology, political science, economics, international studies, and American studies. Courses within this concentration are designated with (H) in the course listing. The concentration consists of 15 hours to include:
The concentration in planning offers students a pre-professional curriculum; many students in this concentration go on to complete a graduate degree in the department's graduate planning program. The planning specialty examines the environmental, social and economic factors that influence community and regional change. The program is designed to integrate community visions with current conditions to determine options for the future. The emphasis of the planning concentration is on natural resource and rural community planning, approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Courses within this concentration are designated with (PL) in the course listing. The concentration consists of 15 hours to include: