Jun 19, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Geography Teaching (BS)

  • Program Prerequisite: Must satisfy Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Department of Teacher Education ).
  • Minor: Not required.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses required for this major and an overall GPA within the major of 2.00.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; a minimum of 36 of these is required for the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above); 21 of these are required within the Geography major.
  • Program Code: 7032BS
  • CIPC: 131332


Teaching majors are encouraged to consult with advisors in both the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (call 801-626-6207) and the College of Education (call 801-626-6269).

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Admissions Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). Geography Teaching majors must satisfy Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements. (See Teacher Education Department .)

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  of this catalog for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following general education course options for the Geography Teaching major also will satisfy general education requirements: GEOG 1000 , GEOG 1300 GEOG 1500 , and GEOG 1520 .

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To provide students with knowledge about the earth’s natural environment and its relationship to society.
  • To provide students with knowledge about the world’s peoples, nations, cultural environments, and spatial organization.
  • To provide students with a good grounding in the modern technical skills of the discipline, including computer cartography, spatial analysis, spatially-oriented quantitative methods and techniques, and geographic information systems.
  • To provide (some) students with training emphasizing the understanding of the planning profession and issues related to that field.
  • To instill within each student an appreciation for the great variety of cultural forms and ways of thinking throughout the world, and to help students formulate a world view that uses this appreciation to become responsible citizens in America.

Major Course Requirements for Geography Teaching BS Degree

Students completing the department’s Track A (see Geography (BS) ), GEOG 3500 , and HIST 4500 , in addition to the courses required by the Teacher Education program, will be recognized as having completed a program of study that is equivalent of the Geography Teaching major.

Required Geography Courses (18 credit hours)

All Geography majors take these 18 core required hours. Select an additional 18 hours from one of seven tracks listsed listed below. Among those 18 hours, students are encouraged to select a course with a SUS designation and one with a CEL designation.

Required Teaching Courses (6-9 credit hours)

GEOG 1500  is not required, but strongly suggested for teachers.

Elective Courses (9-12 credit hours)

Students must take 9-12 additional hours. These may be physical, cultural, regional, or technique courses in Geography, support courses in related majors, or courses in the Teacher Education program to reach 36 credit hours.