Geography at CSU focuses on providing undergraduate students with a broad background in geographic thinking with an emphasis on the traditional geographic focus of understanding dynamic interaction between humans and the environment in an era of rapid global change. Faculty use a wide range of research methods including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial modeling, and dendrochronology to address applied research questions in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica, Melanesia, and southern South America. Research focus areas include:

  • Climate change implications for society and ecosystems
  • Land-use and land-cover change
  • Biogeography
  • Livelihood systems
  • Glaciology
  • Colorado geography
  • Forest biogeography
  • Mountains

A concentration and minor in Geography are degree options within the Department of Anthropology. Current courses offered range from introductory courses that introduce students to geography and the two main branches of cultural and physical geography, to advanced courses which focus on methods (e.g. spatial analysis and GIS, remote sensing) and topical subjects such as climate change, forest ecology, mountain geography, the geography of commodities, and land change science.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one from the following: 3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3E 
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3D3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Additional Humanities3 3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 8
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
ESS 210/GR 210Physical Geography 3
Additional Natural Sciences4 7
Additional Social Sciences5 6
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Select one from the following: 3
3E 
3C 
Elective 3
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Quantifying Anthropology  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I  
GR 320Cultural Geography 3
NR 323 or GR 420Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Spatial Analysis with GIS
 3-4
Select one archaeology course from the following not taken in another category: 3-8
Archaeology of North America  
Archaeology of Europe and Africa  
Geoarchaeology  
Colorado Prehistory  
Archaeological Investigation  
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology  
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory  
Archaeology of Mesoamerica  
Impacts on Ancient Environments  
Great Plains Archaeology  
Archaeology and the Public  
Lithic Technology  
Field Class in Archaeology  
Anthropological Report Preparation  
Zooarchaeology  
Heritage Resource Management  
Seminar: Archaeology  
Select one biological anthropology course from the following not taken in another category: 3
Human Ecology  
Primate Behavior and Ecology  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Seminar: Biological Anthropology  
Select one cultural anthropology course from the following not taken in another category: 3-8
Peoples and Cultures of Africa  
Modern Indian Culture and Society  
Modernization and Development  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies  
Latin American Peasantries  
The Anthropology of Religion4A 
Cultural Change  
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience  
Language and Culture  
Art and Culture  
Medical Anthropology  
Applied Medical Anthropology  
Indians of North America  
Indigenous Peoples Today  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World  
Comparative Legal Systems  
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Theory in Cultural Anthropology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Ethnographic Field School  
Cultures of Virtual Worlds--Research Methods  
Psychological Anthropology4A 
New Orleans and the Caribbean  
Advanced Writing23
Electives 3-9
 Total Credits 30-35
Senior
 
ANTH 400History of Anthropological Thought4B3
Students must take ANTH 493 concurrently with one of the courses listed in the selection below it:  
ANTH 4936Capstone Seminar4C1
Select one AUCC 4A courses from the following not taken in another category:6 3
Cultural Anthropology:
  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies4A 
Cultural Change4A 
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience4A 
Language and Culture4A 
Gender and Anthropology4A 
Medical Anthropology4A 
Indians of North America4A 
Indigenous Peoples Today4A 
Development in Indian Country4A 
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World4A 
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Ethnographic Field Methods4A 
Cultures of Virtual Worlds--Research Methods4A 
New Orleans and the Caribbean4A 
Archaeology:
  
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology4A 
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory4A 
Archaeology of Mesoamerica4A 
Impacts on Ancient Environments4A 
Great Plains Archaeology4A 
Archaeology and the Public4A 
Anthropological Report Preparation4A 
Biological Anthropology:
  
Human Ecology4A 
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Human Biology4A 
Select one geography Content course from the following: 3
Sustainable Watersheds3A 
Urban Geography  
Geography of Hazards  
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications  
The Geography of Commodities  
International Education Seminar  
Additional Humanities3 3
Additional Social Sciences5 3
Electives7 7-13
 Total Credits 24-29
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

ANTH 100 fulfills All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) category 3C. Taking ANTH 100 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the sophomore year. If ANTH 200 is chosen in the freshman year instead, then 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3C of the AUCC.

2

ANTH 200 fulfills AUCC category 3E. Taking ANTH 200 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness in the sophomore year. If ANTH 100 is chosen in the freshman year instead, then 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3E of the AUCC.

3

Anthropology Humanities courses taken in the freshman and senior years for a total of six credits must include two subject codes, selected from among the following: ART, D, CO, E, ETST 430, L***, LB 192 (Arts and Humanities sections only), MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH.

4

Select 7 credits including two subject codes and at least one formal laboratory from the following: AA, BMS, BIO, BZ, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, NR, NSCI, PH, SOCR, and STAT.

5

Select a total of 9 credits over the sophomore, junior and senior years as shown, and including at least two subject codes, from the following: ECON, HIST, JTC, POLS, PSY, SOC, LB 192 (social science sections only), ETST (except ETST 430).

6

Capstone topic must focus on geography. ANTH 493 must be taken concurrently with one of the AUCC 4A anthropology courses listed with ANTH 493 in the senior year. Using Competencies (AUCC 4A) must be taken concurrently with ANTH 493. Courses approved for AUCC category 4A taken in the sophomore, junior, or senior year and not concurrently with ANTH 493 and not included in the approved list in the program will not count toward completion of the 4A requirement for this major. Students taking Senior Honors Thesis (HONR 499, 3 credits) are also required to register for ANTH 493 (1 credit).

7

Select enough elective credits to bring program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)X 3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)X 3E 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2) X3C3
Mathematics X1B3
Electives   4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)X 3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)X 3D3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
Electives   4
AUCC 1B (MATH), CO 150, GR 100 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Additional Natural Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR 210/ESS 210Physical GeographyX  3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Select one course from the following:   3
X 3E 
X 3C 
Additional Natural Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   4
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Quantifying Anthropology    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I    
GR 320Cultural GeographyX  3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Spatial Analysis with GISX   
Remote Sensing and Image InterpretationX   
Advanced Writing  23
Select one Biological Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one Archaeology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Select one Cultural Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Electives   3-9
 Total Credits   15-19
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400History of Anthropological ThoughtX 4B3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 493Capstone SeminarX 4C1
AUCC 4A: Select one course not taken elsewhere from the AUCC 4A List on the Concentration Requirements TabX 4A3-4
Select one Geography Content course (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  1-7
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   9-14
 Program Total Credits:   120