The Geography major is housed in the Department of Anthropology. Through coursework and internship opportunities, majors are provided with a broad background in geographic thinking. The traditional geographic focus of understanding the dynamic interaction between humans and the environment in an era of rapid global change is emphasized in the major. Critical study of the diverse relationships that exist among space, place, humans, and the built and natural environment are explored to reveal and interpret the spatial and temporal distribution of geographic features and processes.

The Geography curriculum also concentrates specifically on mountain ecosystems, and the interaction between humans and mountain environments. Coursework takes advantage of faculty expertise in these areas of study, some of which are specific to the state of Colorado. Geography faculty use a wide range of research methods, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial modeling, and spatial statistics to address applied research questions in the Arctic, Antarctic, Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica, Melanesia, and southern South America. Undergraduate majors can expect to gain knowledge of and/or participate in faculty research related to:

  1. Climate change implications for society and ecosystems
  2. Land-use and land-cover change
  3. Critical human geography
  4. Biogeography
  5. Livelihood systems
  6. Conservation
  7. Cultural geography
  8. Urban geography
  9. Glaciology
  10. Economic geography
  11. Political/electoral geography
  12. Geography of virtual worlds

The Geography major is built on the core values the Department of Anthropology promotes. These values emphasize experiential training, primary research, and public engagement and education.

Learning Outcomes:


Students will demonstrate:

  1. Mastery of the unifying themes of human and physical geography, as well as knowledge of the diverse conceptual and methodological approaches present in the discipline of geography.
  2. The ability to identify, describe, and interpret spatial patterns and structures.
  3. A critical understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment, with a specific focus on mountain systems and local cultures.
  4. An ability to present geographic concepts, approaches, methodologies, and applications in written, oral, cartographic, and other visual forms.
  5. An understanding of the discipline’s relevance to everyday life.

Potential Occupations:


Like many other majors in Liberal Arts, the Geography major provides students with a broad academic background suitable for a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors. Geography majors are trained to think independently and critically, communicate effectively, and function in a multicultural world. Careers for graduates are available in international development, education, natural resource management, and business. Graduates who go on to advanced studies can pursue academic careers in geography. 

Effective Fall 2018

Freshman
AUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3D3
ANTH 200Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3E3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 8
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
GR 210/ESS 210Physical Geography 3
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Select one from the following: 3
3C 
3A 
Additional Humanities1 3
Additional Natural Sciences2 6
Additional Social Sciences3 3
GR XXX 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
ANTH 400/GR 400History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography4B3
GR 320Cultural Geography 3
Select one of the following Human Geography courses not taken in another category:  3
Urban Geography  
Geography of Farming Systems  
Geography of Hazards  
The Geography of Commodities  
Select one of the following Physical Geography courses not taken in another category: 3
Mountain Geography  
Sustainable Watersheds3A 
Biogeography  
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications  
Land Change Science and Remote Sensing  
Forest Biogeography and Climate Change  
Select one of the following Geospatial Methods courses:  3-4
GIS for Social Scientists  
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation  
Spatial Analysis with GIS  
Select one of the following Quantitative Methods courses: 3
Quantifying Anthropology  
Quantitative Geographical Methods  
Additional Social Sciences3 3
GR XXX 6
Electives 2-3
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
GR 493Capstone Seminar4C1
Students must take GR 493 concurrently with one of the 4A courses listed in the selection below if not previously taken: 3
Mountain Geography4A 
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications4A 
The Geography of Commodities4A 
Land Change Science and Remote Sensing4A 
Additional Humanities1 3
Additional Social Sciences3 3
Electives4 20
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120


 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)  3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
ANTH 200Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)  3E3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  3C3
Electives   4
 Total Credits   14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)  3D3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Mathematics  1B3
Electives   4
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR 210/ESS 210Physical Geography   3
Additional Natural Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   6
Additional Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Advanced Writing  23
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR XXX   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Select one from the following:   3
  3A 
  3C 
Additional Humanities (See Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400/GR 400History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography  4B3
GR 320Cultural Geography   3
Select one of the following Geospatial Methods courses:   3-4
GIS for Social Scientists    
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation    
Spatial Analysis with GIS    
Select one of the following Quantitative Methods courses:   3
Quantifying Anthropology    
Quantitative Geographical Methods    
Additional Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one of the following Human Geography courses not taken in another category:   3
Urban Geography    
Geography of Farming Systems    
Geography of Hazards    
The Geography of Commodities    
Select one of the following Physical Geography courses not taken in another category:   3
Mountain Geography    
Sustainable Watersheds  3A 
Biogeography    
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications    
Land Change Science and Remote Sensing    
Forest Biogeography and Climate Change    
GR XXX   6
Electives   2-3
 Total Credits   14-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Additional Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   12
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR 493Capstone SeminarX 4C1
Students must take GR 493 concurrently with one of the 4A courses listed in the selection below if not previously taken:X 4A3
Mountain Geography  4A 
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications  4A 
The Geography of Commodities  4A 
Land Change Science and Remote SensingX   
Additional Humanities (See Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  8
The benchmark courses for Semester 8 are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120