College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Geographic Science and Community Planning, Bachelor of Science

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP130 Mapping The World 3
Description: Engages students with the earth through map interpretation and emerging mapping technologies for applications in geography, location-based services, community planning, environmental management ,and land development. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP150 Phy Geo: Air Water Erth & Life 4
Description: Physical geography of weather and climate, water resources and hydrology, landforms, oceans, ecosystems, and human-environment interactions from an earth-systems science approach. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP201 Communities, Planning & Change 3
Description: Urban planning, growth and land use; sustainability and the process of land use change and community development. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GSP240 World Geography West 3
Description: Physical and cultural elements of Europe, Russia, and North and South America; areal distributions and factors influencing location, development, global processes, and international issues. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
GSP241 World Geography East 3
Description: Physical and cultural elements of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific regions; areal distributions and factors influencing location, development, global processes, and international issues. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social & Political Worlds and Global
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 4 LIBSTCOURSE Notes
Notes: LAB Science Class. ONe 3 unit lecture plus 1 Unit LAB
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. ENG205 The Academic Writer's Workshop 2
Description: Reading and writing skills in response to academic texts. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 or HON 191 or English Placement Test Results (Accuplacer WR 8; PLACE 40+) or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP206 Public Participation & Comm 3 GSP206 Notes
Description: Gathering data and disseminating information using effective participation techniques, analysis, and appropriate communication. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
Notes: Offered in Spring Term ONLY
2. STA270 Applied Statistics 3 STA270 Notes
Description: Graphical and quantitative description of data; binomial, normal, and t distributions; one- and two-sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; simple linear regression and correlation. Credit cannot be earned in both STA 270 and STA 275. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: NOT for Mathematics majors. (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X or MAT 108 or MAT 114 or higher w/ grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 40+; MATHC 40+; PLACE 46+)).
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: May be used to meet requirement for Science Applied Science (SAS)
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP303 Design & Preservation 3 GSP303 Notes
Description: Integrates historical patterns of land-use planning with contemporary urban design approaches and historic preservation concepts to collectively foster livable communities. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GSP 201
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Offered Fall Term ONLY
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GSP239 Intro To Geographic Info Sys 4
Description: Basic concepts, theory, and multidisciplinary applications in GIS. 3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
-Option B-
GSP331 GIS Fdtns I: Map Design & GIS 4 GSP331 Notes
Description: Overview of computer applications in map production, including geographic information systems, using ArcGIS. Co-convenes with GSP 531. 3 unit lecture, 1 unit lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Offered Fall Term ONLY
-Option C-
GSP432 Community And Urban GIS 3 GSP432 Notes
Description: Use of basic desktop ESRI GIS and its application in planning or community situations. Includes hyper-linking, tabular data management, data presentation, and cartography, census data and introductory spatial and 3-Analyst. Co-convenes with GSP 532. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GSP 371
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Offered Fall Term ONLY
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP371 Urban Realm: Contexts/Landscps 3
Description: Spatial variations and patterns of urban, economic, technical activities and sustainability. Empirical and theoretical considerations of local and global city forms. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. GSP375W Community & Global Analysis 3
Description: Emphasizes research methods and writing skills appropriate for geographic and community planning disciplines, while integrating local global perspectives of community development. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Junior Status and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GSP389 Cooperative Education 6 GSP389 Notes
Description: Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only. No repeat limit. Fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
Notes: May be substituted with GSP 408, 485 or GSP 497. Must meet with faculty advisor for approval. Strongly recommend discussion with faculty the semester before enrolling.
2. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GSP405C Sr Project Planning & Devt 4 GSP405C Notes
Description: Emphasizes the synthesis and practice of public planning through applied projects. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 8 units of credit. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GSP 401
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
Notes: Offered Spring Term ONLY
Prerequisite GSP 401
-Option B-
GSP480C Senior Professional Project 4 GSP480C Notes
Description: Individual or team research projects that focus on geographic issues, scholarly questions, and applied problem solving. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GSP 375W
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
Notes: Prerequisite GSP 375W
2. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.