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  • Geography

    Geography is the science of place, space, and environment. Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and socioeconomic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, as well as the connections and interactions between places.

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

    Geography offers exciting undergraduate degrees at UF. Students learn from world-renowned faculty and award-winning mentors, and contribute to groundbreaking research, all while studying topics that have great environmental and social significance. Geography is an integrated and highly interdisciplinary field of study spanning the physical world and society. It is also a hands-on discipline, with a strong emphasis on computer-based tools and field studies.

    Geographers can choose to study an enormous range of subjects, essentially anything that has a spatial component. Students who major in geography use the lens of space to examine issues as diverse as climate variability and change on the African continent, malaria outbreaks in Africa and South America, deforestation and land conflict in the Amazon, and the origin and spread of blues music in the Southeastern United States. Across the globe, geographers study tropical cyclones, river restoration, disease outbreaks, the role of parks and other protected areas, changes in land cover, forest management and fragmentation, community conservation, emerging infectious diseases, environmental influences on the elderly, and economic development.

    Geography explores the relationship between human and biophysical systems and deals with some of the most critical issues of our time such as environmental hazards, climate change, sustainability of resource management systems, international development, and community and urban planning. Understanding the concept of place, including how and why places differ from each other, is a central concern. Students who have social and economic interests can enter into careers in international development, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems, and environmental consultancy. Students who combine the study of socioeconomic factors and the biophysical world can work in resource management, conservation, environmental assessment, and watershed and coastal planning.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The geography major has five different programs: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences (a joint program with the Department of Geological Sciences), the Bachelor of Arts in medical geography in global health, and the Bachelor of Science in medical geography in global health. Coursework for the major will depend upon the program, which are all flexible. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

    Students who are uncertain of a program should contact the Department of Geography's undergraduate coordinator for information and curriculum planning.

    Required Coursework

    All majors take some techniques courses, including GEO 3162C and a minimum of two additional courses that involve working with data and computers. All majors take a regional course, focusing on the countries, cultures and landscapes of one region in the world. The systematic courses include specialized courses in human or environmental/physical geography, but majors can also take additional techniques courses as part of this requirement. Students can concentrate coursework in economic geography and planning, environmental/physical geography, geospatial technologies, medical geography, or natural resource management.

    Coursework for the major will depend upon the degree program. Courses for each program are listed below under Critical Tracking and Model Semester Plan.

    The Bachelor of Arts in geography is best suited for students interested in careers in urban and regional planning, business geography, medical geography, and geographic education, or for students who want a broad overview of the discipline with a focus on human geography.

    The Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences is a joint program between the Department of Geography and the Department of Geological Sciences and is intended for students interested in land and water aspects of the environment. The degree focuses on human impacts, water and mineral resource exploitation and management, disasters, environmental planning, earth science education, or environmental law.

    The Bachelor of Science in geography is best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in environmental consulting or graduate work in physical geography or related natural sciences, including atmospheric science, geosciences, hydrologic sciences, or meteorology.

    The Bachelor of Arts in medical geography in global health is intended for students interested in social and cultural aspects of medical geography and global health and disease issues. The degree focuses on human impacts, cultural and social aspects of health and disease, and public health planning and management.

    The Bachelor of Science in medical geography in global health is best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in public or animal health or disease management or graduate work in medical geography, public health or related natural sciences, including ecology, biology, or epidemiology/public health. This specialization offers the flexibility for students to prepare for admission to health professions programs.

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    Bachelor of Arts in Geography

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    The Bachelor of Arts in geography requires 33-35 credits of coursework in geography, plus 3 credits of Statistics. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

    Required Coursework

    • GEO 2200 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
    • One course, 3 credits, from: 
    ​​​GEO 2410 Social Geography
    GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
    GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
    • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, 4 credits
    • Two techniques courses, 6-8 credits, from: 
    GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
    GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
    GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
    GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
    GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
    • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit
    • One regional geography course, 3 credits, from: 
    GEA 2270 Geography of Florida
    GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
    GEA 3500 Geography of Europe
    GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
    GEA 4465 Amazonia
    • Four systemic courses in geography, 12 credits minimum, from:
    GEO 2242 Extreme Weather
    GEO 2426 Popular Music and Culture: A Geographic Perspective
    GEO 3250 Climatology
    GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
    GEO 3315 Geography of Crops Plants
    GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
    GEO 3352 The Human Footprint on Landscape
    GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources
    GEO 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality
    GEO 3430 Population Geography
    GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
    GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
    GEO 3502 Economic Geography
    GEO 3602 Urban and Business Geography
    GEO 3611 Housing, People, and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
    GEO 3803 Geography of Alcohol
    GEO 3930 Special Topics
    GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
    GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
    GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
    GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography
    GEO 4554 Regional Development
    GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
    GEO 4938 Selected Topics in Geography​
    GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
    GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
    GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
    GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
    GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
    GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
    GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
    MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
    MET 4532 Hurricanes
    MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
    MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS

                                                                              The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

                                                                              ​Transfer coursework is considered on a case-by-case basis. Upper division transfer courses with no UF equivalent will be substituted as GEO4938.

                                                                              Related Coursework

                                                                              • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
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                                                                              Critical Tracking

                                                                              Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

                                                                              For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

                                                                              Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

                                                                              Semester 1

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 2

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 3

                                                                              • Complete 1 geography course (GEA 1000 not acceptable)
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 4

                                                                              • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 5

                                                                              • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required
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                                                                              Model Semester Plan

                                                                              Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

                                                                              This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

                                                                              Semester 1 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography (GE-S and D) or
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography (GE-S and N) or
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies (GE-S)
                                                                              3
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              State Core GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              State Core GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              Foreign language 4-5
                                                                              Total 13-14
                                                                              Semester 2 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3​
                                                                              STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
                                                                              GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Foreign language 3-5
                                                                              Total 13-15
                                                                              Semester 3 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2000/3000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Elective
                                                                              Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              State Core GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 4 Credits
                                                                              GEO 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Elective 3​
                                                                              ​Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              State Core GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Mathematics
                                                                              State Core GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 5 Credits
                                                                              GEA 2000/3000/4000 level
                                                                              Regional
                                                                              3​
                                                                              GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              ​Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              ​6
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 6 Credits
                                                                              GEO 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3​
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems or
                                                                              GIS 4001 Maps and Graphs
                                                                              4
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Humanities
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 7 Credits
                                                                              GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
                                                                              GEO/GIS 4000 level
                                                                              Technique
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Electives 9
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16-17
                                                                              Semester 8 Credits
                                                                              GEO 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Electives 10
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.
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                                                                              Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Geosciences

                                                                              Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

                                                                              The Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences requires a minimum of 38 credits of coursework. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

                                                                              Required Coursework

                                                                              • GEO 2200 and GEO 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit
                                                                              • GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographical Information Systems, 4 credits
                                                                              • GLY 2010C Physical Geology, 4 credits
                                                                              • GLY 2100C Historical Geology or GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life in America, 4 credits
                                                                              • GLY 3202C Earth Minerals, 3 credits
                                                                              • Three geography electives, 9 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                                • GEO 3250 Climatology
                                                                                • GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
                                                                                • GEO 3352 The Human Footprint on Landscape
                                                                                • GEO 3372 Conservation Resources
                                                                                • GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                                • GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
                                                                                • GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography
                                                                                • GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                                • GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                                • GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                                • GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                                • MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
                                                                                • MET 4532 Hurricanes
                                                                                • MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
                                                                                • MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS
                                                                              • Two geology electives, 6 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change
                                                                                • GLY 3163 Geology of American and National Parks
                                                                                • GLY 3603C Paleontology
                                                                                • GLY 3882C Hydrology and Human Affairs
                                                                                • GLY 4155C Geology of Florida
                                                                                • GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
                                                                                • GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics
                                                                                • GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology
                                                                                • GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
                                                                              • The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

                                                                                Related Coursework

                                                                              • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics
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                                                                              Critical Tracking

                                                                              Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

                                                                              For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

                                                                              Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

                                                                              Semester 1

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 2

                                                                              • Complete one critical-tracking course with laboratory (GEO 2200/2200L or GLY 2010C) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 3

                                                                              • Complete the other critical-tracking course with laboratory (GEO 2200/2200L or GLY 2010C) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 4

                                                                              • Complete STA 2023 and maintain a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 5

                                                                              • Complete two additional GLY or GEO courses with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA. Recommended GLY courses include GLY 2100C or GLY 3105C. Recommended GEO courses include GEO 3250, GEO 3280, GEO 3315, GEO 3341, GEO 3352, GEO 3372 or MET 3503.
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required
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                                                                              Model Semester Plan

                                                                              Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

                                                                              This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

                                                                              Semester 1 Credits
                                                                              IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              State Core GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​​Elective 3​
                                                                              ​Foreign language 4-5​
                                                                              Mathematics, pure math
                                                                              State Core GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16-17
                                                                              Semester 2 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              OR
                                                                              GLY 2010C Physical Geology
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              State Core GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Foreign language 3-5​​
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              State Core GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 13-15
                                                                              Semester 3 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              OR 

                                                                              GLY 2010C Physical Geology
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Elective
                                                                              Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
                                                                              3​​
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              State Core GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 4 Credits
                                                                              STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
                                                                              GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective​ 3​
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 5 Credits
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 4
                                                                              GLY 2100C Historical Geology or
                                                                              GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              6
                                                                              Total 14
                                                                              Semester 6 Credits
                                                                              GLY 3202C Earth Materials 3
                                                                              Geography elective
                                                                              From list
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              9
                                                                              Total 15-16
                                                                              Semester 7 Credits
                                                                              Geography elective
                                                                              From list
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Geology elective
                                                                              From list
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Electives 6
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15-17
                                                                              Semester 8 Credits
                                                                              GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
                                                                              Geography elective
                                                                              From list
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Geology elective
                                                                              From list
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Electives 9
                                                                              Total 16-18

                                                                              Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.

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                                                                              Bachelor of Science in Geography

                                                                              Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

                                                                              The Bachelor of Science in geography requires 30-32 credits of geography coursework and 24-25 credits of related coursework in physics, chemistry, geology, and soil science. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

                                                                              Required Coursework

                                                                              • GEO 2200 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, 4 credits
                                                                              • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit
                                                                              • One course, 3 credits, from:​​​​​
                                                                              ​​​GEO 2410 Social Geography
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
                                                                              • Two techniques courses, 6-8 credits, from: 
                                                                              GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
                                                                              GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs
                                                                              GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                              GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                              GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                              GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                              • One regional geography course, 3 credits, from: 
                                                                              GEA 2270 Geography of Florida
                                                                              GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
                                                                              GEA 3500 Geography of Europe
                                                                              GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
                                                                              GEA 4465 Amazonia
                                                                              • Three courses, 9 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 3250 Climatology
                                                                                • GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants
                                                                                • GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
                                                                                • GEO 3352 Human Footprint on the Earth
                                                                                • GEO 3372 Conservation Resources
                                                                                • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
                                                                                • GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
                                                                                • GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
                                                                                • GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 4938 Selected Topics
                                                                                • GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
                                                                                • GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
                                                                                • GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
                                                                                • GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                                • GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                                • GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                                • GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                                • MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
                                                                                • MET 4532 Hurricanes
                                                                                • MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
                                                                                • MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS

                                                                              The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

                                                                              Transfer coursework is considered on a case-by-case basis. Upper division transfer courses with no UF equivalent will be substituted as GEO 4938.

                                                                              Related Coursework

                                                                              • CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry or CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, 2-3 credits
                                                                              • GLY 2010C Physical Geology, 4 credits
                                                                              • MET 1010 Introduction to Weather and Climate, 3 credits
                                                                              • PHY 2004 and 2004L Applied Physics 1 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • PHY 2005 and 2005L Applied Physics 2 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics, 3 credits
                                                                              • SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment and laboratory, 4 credits
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                                                                              Critical Tracking

                                                                              Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

                                                                              For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

                                                                              Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

                                                                              Semester 1

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 2

                                                                              • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 3

                                                                              • Complete 1 geography course (GEA 1000 not acceptable)
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 4

                                                                              • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 5

                                                                              • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required
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                                                                              Model Semester Plan

                                                                              Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

                                                                              This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

                                                                              Semester 1 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              MET 1010 Introduction to Weather and Climate
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              3
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              State Core GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              Foreign language 5
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 2 Credits
                                                                              CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry (2) or
                                                                              CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 1 (3)
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              2-3
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography (GE-S and D) or
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography (GE-S and N) or
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies (GE-S)
                                                                              3
                                                                              IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Foreign language 5
                                                                              Total 13-14
                                                                              Semester 3 Credits
                                                                              PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
                                                                              PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
                                                                              GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              State Core GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 13
                                                                              Semester 4 Credits
                                                                              GEO/MET 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3
                                                                              PHY 2005 Applied Physics 2, 3 credits, and
                                                                              PHY 2005L Laboratory for Applied Physics 2, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Elective 3​​
                                                                              Mathematics; pure math
                                                                              State Core GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 5 Credits
                                                                              GEA 2000/4000 level
                                                                              Regional
                                                                              3​
                                                                              GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              State Core GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3​​
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              State Core GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 6 Credits
                                                                              GEO/MET 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs (4) or
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (Technique)
                                                                              4
                                                                              GLY 2010C Physical Geology
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 17-18
                                                                              Semester 7 Credits
                                                                              GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
                                                                              GEO/MET 3000/4000 level
                                                                              Systematic
                                                                              3​
                                                                              SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
                                                                              SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              ​Elective 1​
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              6
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 8 Credits
                                                                              GEO/GIS 3000 level or above
                                                                              Technique
                                                                              3-4​
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              6​
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S, if needed
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15-16
                                                                              Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.
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                                                                              Bachelor of Arts: Medical Geography in Global Health

                                                                              Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

                                                                              The Bachelor of Arts in medical geography in global health requires a minimum of 33 credits of coursework, plus 3 credits of Statistics. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

                                                                              Required Coursework

                                                                              • GEO 2200 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • One course, 3 credits, from: 
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
                                                                              • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, 4 credits
                                                                              • Two techniques courses, 6-8 credits
                                                                              • GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 
                                                                              • Plus one from: 
                                                                              GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
                                                                              GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
                                                                              GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs
                                                                              GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                              GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                              GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                              GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                              • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit
                                                                              • One regional geography course, 3 credits from: 
                                                                              GEA 2270 Geography of Florida
                                                                              GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
                                                                              GEA 3500 Geography of Europe
                                                                              GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
                                                                              GEA 4465 Amazonia
                                                                              • Two medical geography core courses, 6 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
                                                                                • GEO 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality
                                                                                • GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
                                                                              • Two geography elective courses, 6 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 2242 Extreme Weather
                                                                                • GEO 3250 Climatology
                                                                                • GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 3315 Geography of Crops Plants
                                                                                • GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
                                                                                • GEO 3352 The Human Footprint on Landscape
                                                                                • GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources
                                                                                • GEO 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality
                                                                                • GEO 3430 Population Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
                                                                                • GEO 3502 Economic Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3602 Urban and Business Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3611 Housing, People, and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
                                                                                • GEO 3803 Geography of Alcohol
                                                                                • GEO 3930 Special Topics
                                                                                • GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                                • GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
                                                                                • GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography
                                                                                • GEO 4554 Regional Development
                                                                                • GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
                                                                              • GEO 4938 Selected Topics in Geography
                                                                              • GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
                                                                                • GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
                                                                                • GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                                • GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                                • GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                                • GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                                • GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
                                                                                • MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
                                                                                • MET 4532 Hurricanes
                                                                                • MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
                                                                                • MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS

                                                                              The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

                                                                              ​Transfer coursework is considered on a case-by-case basis. Upper division transfer courses with no UF equivalent will be substituted as GEO4938.

                                                                              Related Coursework

                                                                              • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1

                                                                              Critical Tracking

                                                                              Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

                                                                              For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

                                                                              Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

                                                                              Semester 1

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 2

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 3

                                                                              • Complete 1 geography course (GEA 1000 not acceptable)
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 4

                                                                              • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 5

                                                                              • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required
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                                                                              Model Semester Plan

                                                                              Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

                                                                              This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

                                                                              Semester 1 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3​
                                                                              STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
                                                                              State Core GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              State Core GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 13
                                                                              Semester 2 Credits
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography (GE-S and D) or
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography (GE-S and N) or
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies (GE-S)
                                                                              3
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              State Core GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              Mathematics
                                                                              State Core GE-M
                                                                              3
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              State Core GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 3 Credits
                                                                              Medical Geography core course
                                                                              GEO 3452 or GEO 3454 recommended
                                                                              3
                                                                              Biological or Physical Science
                                                                              Biological Science recommended; State Core GE-B or P
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Foreign language 5
                                                                              Total 14
                                                                              Semester 4 Credits
                                                                              Regional geography course 3
                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S
                                                                              3
                                                                              Electives 4
                                                                              Foreign language 5
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 5 Credits
                                                                              GEO 3162 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
                                                                              4
                                                                              Medical Geography core course 3
                                                                              Biological Science
                                                                              GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Total 17
                                                                              Semester 6 Credits
                                                                              Second Techniques course
                                                                              GIS 3420C recommended
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Elective or Biological Science
                                                                              If needed; GE-B
                                                                              3
                                                                              ​Humanities
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3​
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 7 Credits
                                                                              Elective 3
                                                                              Geography elective 3-4
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000 level or above, not in major
                                                                              9
                                                                              Total 15-16
                                                                              Semester 8 Credits
                                                                              GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
                                                                              Geography elective 3
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000-level and above, not in major
                                                                              6
                                                                              ​Electives ​6
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.
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                                                                              Bachelor of Science: Medical Geography in Global Health

                                                                              Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

                                                                              The Bachelor of Science in medical geography in global health requires a minimum of 33 credits of geography coursework and 19 credits of related coursework in biology, chemistry, and statistics. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

                                                                              Required Coursework

                                                                              • GEO 2200 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, 4 credits
                                                                              • GEO 4930 Senior Seminar, 1 credit
                                                                              • One course, 3 credits, from:
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
                                                                              • Two techniques courses, 6-8 credits:
                                                                              • GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
                                                                              • Plus one from:
                                                                              GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
                                                                              GIS 4001C Maps and Graphs
                                                                              GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                              GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                              GIS 4113 Spatial Networks
                                                                              GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                              • One regional geography course, 3 credits, from: 
                                                                              GEA 2270 Geography of Florida
                                                                              GEA 3405 Geography of Latin America
                                                                              GEA 3500 Geography of Europe
                                                                              GEA 3600 Geography of Africa
                                                                              GEA 4465 Amazonia
                                                                              • Two medical geography core courses, 6 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
                                                                                • GEO 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality
                                                                                • GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
                                                                              • Two geography elective courses, 6 credits minimum, from:
                                                                                • GEO 2242 Extreme Weather
                                                                                • GEO 3250 Climatology
                                                                                • GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants
                                                                                • GEO 3341 Extreme Floods
                                                                                • GEO 3352 Human Footprint on the Earth
                                                                                • GEO 3372 Conservation Resources
                                                                                • GEO 3427 Plants, Health and Spirituality
                                                                                • GEO 3430 Population Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3454 Peoples and Plagues
                                                                                • GEO 3502 Economic Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3602 Urban and Business Geography
                                                                                • GEO 3611 Housing, People and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
                                                                                • GEO 3803 Geography of Alcohol
                                                                                • GEO 3930 Special Topics
                                                                                • GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
                                                                                • GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
                                                                                • GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
                                                                                • GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography
                                                                                • GEO 4554 Regional Development
                                                                                • GEO 4612 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
                                                                                • GEO 4938 Selected Topics
                                                                                • GEO 4970 Honors Thesis
                                                                                • GIS 3420C GIS Models for Public Health
                                                                                • GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation
                                                                                • GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing
                                                                                • GIS 4113 Introduction to Spatial Networks
                                                                                • GIS 4115 Applied Geostats
                                                                                • MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting
                                                                                • MET 4532 Hurricanes
                                                                                • MET 4560 Atmospheric Teleconnections
                                                                                • MET 4750 Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS
                                                                              The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

                                                                              Related Coursework

                                                                              • CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • CHM 2046 and 2046L General Chemistry 2 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                                • BSC 2011 and 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 and laboratory, 4 credits
                                                                              • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics, 3 credits

                                                                              Critical Tracking

                                                                              Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

                                                                              For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

                                                                              Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

                                                                              Semester 1

                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 2

                                                                              • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 3

                                                                              • Complete 1 geography course (GEA 1000 not acceptable)
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 4

                                                                              • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required

                                                                              Semester 5

                                                                              • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
                                                                              • 2.0 UF GPA required
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                                                                              Model Semester Plan

                                                                              Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

                                                                              This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

                                                                              Semester 1 Credits

                                                                              CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry 1 and laboratory
                                                                              State Core GE-P

                                                                              4
                                                                              IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
                                                                              GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              Mathematics
                                                                              MAC2311 recommended; State Core GE-M
                                                                              3-4
                                                                              Composition
                                                                              State Core GE-C; WR
                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 13-14
                                                                              Semester 2 Credits
                                                                              CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry 2 and laboratory
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
                                                                              GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
                                                                              GE-M
                                                                              3

                                                                              Social and Behavioral Science
                                                                              PSY 2012 or SYG 2000 recommended
                                                                              State Core GE-S

                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 14
                                                                              Semester 3 Credits
                                                                              BSC 2010/2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and laboratory 4
                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              State Core GE-H
                                                                              3
                                                                              GEO 2410 Social Geography (GE-S and D) or
                                                                              GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography (GE-S and N) or
                                                                              GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies (GE-S)
                                                                              3

                                                                              Composition
                                                                              ENC 3459, 3254, 3453 or 3464 recommended
                                                                              GE-C

                                                                              3
                                                                              Total 13
                                                                              Semester 4 Credits
                                                                              BSC 2011/2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and laboratory 4

                                                                              Humanities
                                                                              GE-H

                                                                              3
                                                                              Regional geography course 3
                                                                              Electives 6
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 5 Credits
                                                                              Medical Geography core course
                                                                              GEO 3452 or GEO 3454 recommended
                                                                              3
                                                                              Electives 4
                                                                              Foreign Language 5
                                                                              GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
                                                                              GE-P
                                                                              4
                                                                              Total 16
                                                                              Semester 6 Credits
                                                                              GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 4
                                                                              Medical Geography core course 3
                                                                              Elective
                                                                              3000-level or above, not in major
                                                                              3
                                                                              Foreign Language 5
                                                                              Total 15
                                                                              Semester 7 Credits
                                                                              Geography techniques course 3-4

                                                                              Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                              GE-S

                                                                              3
                                                                              Geography elective 3-4
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000-level or above, not in major
                                                                              6
                                                                              Total 15-17
                                                                              Semester 8 Credits
                                                                              GEO 4930 Senior Seminar 1
                                                                              Geography elective 3
                                                                              Electives
                                                                              3000-level or above, not in major
                                                                              9
                                                                              Electives 5
                                                                              Total 18
                                                                              Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.
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