Bachelor of General Studies in Geography (BGS)

A degree unique to the University of Kansas with the intent to allow for more specialization in the student's main area of interest while still maintaining a liberal arts program. Compared to the B.A. degree, there are fewer principal course requirements: there are only two required courses in each of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Another difference is that this degree has no foreign language requirement. It does, however, require students to complete a concentration (3 upper division courses) or a minor in a second field of study (usually 18 credit hours). Geography core requirements are the same as those for the B.A. degree, and require a minimum of 33 credit hours in Geography. Course work includes 18 credit hours of fundamentals courses and 15 additional credit hours selected from the four topical groups: physical, human, techniques and regional.  Students taking the B.G.S. degrees should note that most Geography graduate programs require a statistics course, e.g., GEOG 316, and we highly recommend a basic course in GIS, e.g., GEOG 358.

Current course requirements are also listed in the KU online catalogue.

College Requirements
Completion of the requirements of a single B.G.S. major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major or minor).
Geography Course RequirementsCredit Hours
GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography (or GEOG 107)3
GEOG 105 Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography2
GEOG 102 People, Place, and Society (or GEOG 103)3
GEOG 111 Mapping Our Changing World (or GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Sciences)3
GEOG 311 Intro to Cartography and Geovisualization (or 316 Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data)4
GEOG 500 Senior Capstone in Geography3
15 additional credit hours selected from at least 3 of the 4 major categories (Physical Studies, Geographic Information Science, Human Studies, or Regional Studies):15 +
Hour and GPA Requirements 
Total Credit Hours> 124
CLAS Hours> 99
Junior Senior Hours> 45
KU Res. Hours> 30
CC Transfer Credits< 64
Other KU Schools< 25
Hrs Music Org< 6
Hrs Phys Ed< 4
Overall GPA> 2.0
Geography GPA> 2.0