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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Geography & the Environment

Degree Programs

Geography & the Environment

Course Work

Specific requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree are contained within the University of Denver Graduate Bulletin.  You should obtain a copy of this and refer to it periodically.
  • A total of 72 quarter hours of earned credit beyond the masters degree.
  • A minimum of 57 quarter hours must be earned at the University of Denver.  Students must be in residence at the University of Denver for a minimum of six quarters, including at least two full-time consecutive quarters.  Full-time student status requires 8-12 hours per quarter.
  • No more than 15 quarter hours will be accepted in transfer from another institution.  Any transfer of credits from other institutions has to be requested during the first quarter of attendance.

Academic Performance

Only courses with a grade of "B" or better may be counted towards the degree. If a grade of "B" or better is not attained in a course, the student must re-register and re-take the course (with a grade of "B" or better earned). If the course is not a required course, the student may substitute with another course rather than retaking the same course. A grade of B- does not meet the University criteria of "B" or better.

Should a student's grade point average fall below 3.00, the student is placed on academic probation and continuation in the program is subject to department review and possible termination.

If a student receives a grade of less than a B in two or more courses, they will be automatically terminated from the program. (B- is less than B)

Required Courses

Once a student has been accepted in the doctoral program, all courses can only be taken at the University of Denver. 

  • GEOG 4000: Fundamental Geographic Perspectives [4 hrs]
  • GEOG 4020: Geographic Research Methods [4 hrs]
  • GEOG 3000: Advanced Geographic Statistics [4 hrs]
  • GEOG 4900: Graduate Colloquium [0 hrs]
  • Topical Courses - a minimum of 32 quarter hours in geography [32 hrs]
  • Each candidate must demonstrate proficiency in two tools required for research and advanced study. Tool requirements are determined by the candidate's advisor and committee, and may include one or more languages, statistical methods, laboratory, or other research skills.  GEOG 3000 Advanced Geographic Statistics counts as one of the tools needed.
  • Completion of a minimum of two research seminars. Successful completion of GEOG 4000 Fundamental Geographic Perspectives will count as one of the seminars needed.
  • Completion of study in a cognate field to be approved by the advisor and committee. At least 12 quarter hours of coursework in allied disciplines and/or equivalent hours of Internship experience must be obtained.
  • Completion of additional course work to reach a total of 72 quarter hours.  (The above requirements are minimums and will be exceeded in cases where inadequate backgroud or unsatisfactory performance exists.)
  • Completion and committee approval of a dissertation proposal.
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Note: These requirements are minimums and will be exceeded in cases where inadequate background or unsatisfactory performance exists. In any case, the degree must be completed no later than seven years from the time a student has started the doctoral program. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED BY THE GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT.