Geography (Environmental Geography)

The concentration in environmental geography enables students to be as broad or specific in their geographic education as they wish.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 19 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Part 1 – 4 Hours

GPH 111 Introduction to Physical Geography, SQ (4) (Required)

Part 2 – 3 to 4 Hours

GPH 210 Society and Environment, G (3)

GPH 211 Landform Processes, SQ (4)

GPH 212/214 Introduction to Meteorology & Lab, SQ (4) (Both GPH 212 and 214 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit)

GPH 213/215 Introduction to Climatology & Lab, SG (4) (Both GPH 213 and GPH 215 must be taken to secure SG General Studies credit)

Part 3 – 6 Hours (two courses)

GPH 314 Global Change, HU, G (3) (Prerequisites: 45 credit hours with C or better)

GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises, SB & G (3)

GCU 364 Energy in the Global Arena, SB & G, (3)

GIS 211 OR GPH 373 Geographic Information Science I, CS (4) (Prerequisites: GPH 370 with a grade of C or greater)

GPH 381 Geography of Natural Resources, G (3)

Part 4 – 6 Hours (two courses)

GPH 405 Energy and Environment (3) (Prerequisites: Students who have credit for GPH 505 may not enroll in GPH 405; Must have completed 75 credit hours)

GPH 414 Climate Change, G (3)

GPH 418 Landforms of the Western United States, L (3)

GPH 422 Plant Geography (3)

GPH 433 Alpine and Arctic Environments, G (3)

GIS 461 Optimization Fundamentals for Spatial Analysis (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 270 (or 271 or 272) and MAT 242 (or 342) with C or better; Credit is allowed for only GIS 461, 561, PUP 481, 581, GCU 494 (Optimization Fundamentals) or 598 (Optimization Fundamentals))


GPH 481 Environmental Geography (3)

GCU 474 Public Land Policy, SB (3)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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