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Undergraduate Programs

We offer undergraduate degree programs in both geography and environmental science. Students may tailor their coursework to their interests by selecting classes and labs that emphasize physical geography and the environment, human geography or geographic information science.

Undergraduates also participate in a capstone field-quarter experience, which provides an opportunity for hands-on observation, data gathering and analysis in the field. 

Course Requirements

Visit DU's official 2018-2019 Bulletin to view lists of required courses for each of the program options listed below.

Environmental Science

Bachelor's degrees in environmental science are designed to give students a strong foundation in the natural and physical sciences in order to better understand the science behind environmental issues and problems. Both programs are designed to be completed in four years, and students are encouraged to participate in the field quarter as part of their curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts
Coursework includes 75 credit hours in geography, biology, chemistry and/or statistics. See requirements in bulletin.

Bachelor of Science
Coursework includes 94 credit hours in geography, biology, chemistry, environmental law, physics and/or statistics. See requirements in bulletin.

Minor
The minor in environmental science is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in earth science, ecology, and the scientific perspective of current issues concerning the environment or the management of natural resources. This minor is an excellent companion for students majoring in either the natural sciences or the social sciences. Students may customize their minor to suit their individual interests.

 

Geographic Information Science

Minor
Students from other majors who are interested in geotechnology are encouraged to complete the minor in geographic information science. This program provides an overview of a variety of geotechnological skills including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems.

The GISc minor consists of 20 qtr hrs of coursework.

Geography

The objective of the undergraduate curriculum in geography is to produce students with a solid foundation in geographic principles and perspectives, and the professional skills to put them into practice.  The discipline of geography is, by nature, integrative and broadly based, so interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving are emphasized.

Bachelor of Arts
Coursework includes a minimum of 45 quarter hours of geography (or geology, as required), including 25 quarter hours of 2000- or 3000-level courses.

Elective Courses: Students must complete a minimum 17 quarter hours of 2000- or 3000- level geography or geology courses including at least one physical geography, one human geography and one geographic information science (GIS) course.

Minor

The geography minor is an excellent companion to students majoring in international studies, sociology, environmental science and political science, or anyone interested in the physical or human aspects of the world in which we live. A minor in geography requires 20 credits of geography at the 2000- or 3000-level. Follow the bulletin link above for a list of required courses.

Geology

Minor
Students with interests in geology are encouraged to complete the geology minor. The geology minor is an excellent companion for students majoring in geography, environmental science, ecology, and other natural and physical sciences, or anyone with an interest in geology.

Minimum of 20 quarter hours of geology.

Sustainability

Minor
Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, and to do so while maintaining ecological processes, functions, biodiversity, and productivity into the future. An understanding of sustainability includes learning about the scientific basis for sustainable resource use as well as the social and economic implications and/or costs of sustainable practices. 

Students with interests in sustainability are encouraged to complete the sustainability minor. The sustainability minor is an excellent companion for students pursuing any major at the university. 

Dual Degrees

Dual degree programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. Students normally complete the majority of their undergraduate work by the end of their junior year and begin working on the graduate degree during their senior year.

Dual degree programs require that students apply for admission to the graduate program during their junior year; students must meet all admission criteria for the respective graduate program.

Interested students should contact our department for additional information.

  • BA in Geography / MS in Geographic Information Science

    Requirements

    • A minimum of 228 qtr hrs is required for the completion of both degrees.
    • All requirements for the BA degree must be completed.
    • Students must make formal application to the MS program at the start of their junior year.
    • Formal acceptance into the MS program is required before students may begin MS course work.
    • Once accepted into the MS program, students may begin MS course work during their senior year.
  • BA in Environmental Science / MS in Geographic Information Science

    Requirements

    • A minimum of 228 qtr hrs is required for the completion of both degrees.
    • All requirements for the BA degree must be completed.
    • Students must make formal application to the MS program at the start of their junior year.
    • Formal acceptance into the MS program is required before students may begin MS course work.
    • Once accepted into the MS program, students may begin MS course work during their senior year.
  • BS in Environmental Science / MS in Geographic Information Science

    Requirements

    • A minimum of 228 qtr hrs is required for the completion of both degrees.
    • All requirements for the BS degree must be completed.
    • Students must make formal application to the MS program at the start of their junior year.
    • Formal acceptance into the MS program is required before students may begin MS course work.
    • Once accepted into the MS program, students may begin MS course work during their senior year.

Global Masters Scholars

We have partnered with the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science and the Department of Human Geography at Lund University in Sweden to offer the Global Masters Scholars Program for geography or environmental science majors.

In this program, students may earn a bachelor's degree from University of Denver and a master's degree from Lund University during the course of a five-year program. The first three years are spent in residence at DU, the final two years in Lund.

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