Physical Geography, Master of Science in Geography

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 30

Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 33

Program Code: M461 Q518

Required Courses

Thesis Option

Required Courses (must be completed with a B grade or better)
GEOG 6953Research and Professional Development3
GEOG 6973Thinking about Geography and Environmental Sustainability3
GIS 5923Spatial Statistics3
Guided Electives
GEOG 5980Research for Master's Thesis6
Choose 9 additional hours9
General Electives
Choose 6 graduate-level electives, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison, to bring total applicable hours to 306
Total Credit Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses (must be completed with a B grade or better)
GEOG 6953Research and Professional Development3
GEOG 6973Thinking about Geography and Environmental Sustainability3
GIS 5923Spatial Statistics3
Guided Electives
Choose 15 hours15
General Electives
Choose 9 graduate-level electives, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison, to bring total applicable hours to 339
Total Credit Hours33

Guided Electives

Guided electives will be selected by the student under guidance of her/his advisory committee and as approved by the graduate liaison.

Examples of possible guided electives include:

GEOG 5143Ecosystem Services3
GEOG 5203Geomorphology3
GEOG 5253The Economics of Sustainability3
GEOG 5283Biogeography3
GEOG 5293Hydrologic Science3
GEOG 5343Climate, History, and Society3
GEOG 5433Sustainability: Theory and Practice3
GEOG 5513Applied Climatology3
GEOG 5583Energy Systems and Sustainability3
GEOG 56233
GEOG 5970Special Topics/Seminar (Integrated Environmental Modelling)1-3
GEOG 5970Special Topics/Seminar (Natural Resource Economics)1-3
GEOG 6210Seminar in Physical Geography1-3
GEOG 6240Seminar in Geography and Environmental Sustainability1-3
GIS 5013Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5133Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5233Digital Image Processing3
GIS 5253GIS Applications3
GIS 5453Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis3
GIS 5653Spatial Programming and GIS3

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 32 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.