What will I learn?

In addition to course work required by the university and the college, majors must complete 40 hours of department requirements with a grade of C or better. Note: Students who accumulate 15 or more of their 26 content credits in Physical Geography and Geographic Information Science qualify for the B.S. degree. Those accumulating 15 or more of their 26 content credits in Natural Resource Management and Human Geography qualify for either a B.S. or a B.A. degree. Students must declare to their academic advisor their preference of degrees prior to graduation. Students in both the B.A. and B.S. programs must complete the following:

Core Requirements (14 hours total)

  • GEOG 1000 World Regional Geography (3)
  • GEOG 1010 Intro to Physical Geography (4)
  • GEOG 1020 Intro to Human Geography (3)
  • GEOG 2150 Foundations of GIS and Technology (4)

Content areas

26 hours distributed among a minimum of three of the following content areas with at least two courses in each of two areas:

  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Natural Resource Management

Undergraduate Speciality Areas

Although students are encouraged to sample from the wide variety of courses within the geography program, and the general geography major is an option selected by many students, most undergraduate majors choose to focus on one of the department's areas of speciality.

  • Physical Geography
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Human Geography
  • Planning

Focus on Physical Geography

Offerings in this speciality include an introductory survey of the natural environment and advanced course work in areas that include landforms, soils, weather and climate, paleoenvironments, and biogeography. Course work in this speciality is frequently related to ongoing faculty research programs and activities.

Focus on Geographic Information Science (GIS)

This speciality focuses upon the interface between geography and the computer. It offers specialized training in a variety of analytic tools and methods courses, ranging from the design and preparation of maps using computer-aided mapping programs to the spatial analysis of physical and human phenomena using detailed computer-based geographic-based geographic information systems (GIS).

Focus on Natural Resource Management

This speciality provides a broad interdisciplinary approach to the management of natural and recreational resources, with emphasis on the Rocky Mountain region. Resource management is a major focus of departmental faculty and encompasses an array of topics, including physical and social aspects of natural resource management, management of fire in natural systems, public land management, hazard studies, the planning-managing-administration of recreation and tourism resources, and the geographic analysis of resource systems.

Focus on Human Geography

The human geography speciality examines how societies organize their economic, cultural, and political activities spatially, and how human societies interact with their environments. Courses in the concentration are directed toward economic, cultural, regional, and global studies. Students in this concentration typically take a variety of courses from related fields such as sociology, political science, economics, international studies, and American studies.

Focus on Planning

The speciality in planning offers students a pre-professional curriculum; many students in this speciality go on to complete a graduate degree in the department's graduate planning program. The planning specialty examines the environmental, social and economic factors that influence sustainability and change in urban communities and small towns.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$18,090.00 per year
Tuition amount is based on USD $603 per credit hour (actual tuition will vary based on the actual credit hours enrolled)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 19 January 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

1000 E. University Ave, Dept. 3254,



82070, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Completion of the success curriculum while attending high school. High School Success Curriculum: 4 years English, 4 years Math, 4 years Science, 3 years Social Science, 2 years of same Foreign Language.

For international students

Applicants must have completion of high school transcript.

English scores: Min. score 71 for iBT/ 6.0 IELTS / 51 Duolingo.


Fall semester (mid-August) - All application materials must be received by June 1.

Spring semester (early January) - All application materials must be received by November 1.

Summer semester (early May) - All application materials must be received by April 1.

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About this uni

The University of Wyoming offers outstanding, research-led learning opportunities and a classic American cultural experience.

  • Located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains landscape
  • Diverse student body from over 90 countries worldwide
  • Low student to faculty ratio and small classroom sizes
  • Over 200 programs of study to choose from