BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Environmental and Natural Resources Track

The environmental and natural resources track within the geography program at Missouri State can be completed in eight semesters and one intersession or summer semester. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University. Note that a minor is required for the completion of this degree.

Sample schedule

This sample schedule serves as a guide for your course planning. Check our Course Rotations for future course offerings and consult with your advisor to develop the best degree plan for you.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
Total hours14

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
or ENG 110 Writing I
3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
MTH 135 (or higher) College Algebra 3
GRY 142 Introductory Physical Geography 4
General elective 3
Total hours16

Third Semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
GRY 300 Geography of the United States
or GRY 305 Selected World Regions
or GRY 320 Cultural Geography
or GRY 322 Urban Geography
3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
Course Required for Minor 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Fourth Semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GRY 135 Principles of Weather and Climate 4
GRY 351 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines
or ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
3
General Education - Culture & Society/Hum. Persp. 3
Course Required for Minor 3
Total hours16

Fifth Semester (fall)

CoursesHours
SOC 302 (or equivalent) Statistics 3
GRY 363 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 4
GRY/GEO/PLN elective 3
Course Required for Minor 3
General elective 3
Total hours16

Sixth Semester (spring)

CoursesHours
General Education - Natural World other than GRY/GLG 4
GRY 367 Research Methods in Geography and Geospatial Science 3
GEO 561 Intermediate Geographic Information Science 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
Course Required for Minor 3
Total hours16

Intersession (May or August)

CoursesHours
GRY 353 Geographic Field Studies
or GRY 470 International Field Study in Geography
or GRY 301 Geography of the Ozarks
2-3
Total hours2-3

Seventh Semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GRY 348 Geomorphology 3
Course Required for Minor 3
General elective 3
General electives 6
Total hours15

Eighth Semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GRY 535 Global Climate and Weather Cycles 3
GRY 498 Placement Seminar in Geography, Geospatial Sciences and Planning 1
Course Required for Minor 3
General electives 7
Total hours14