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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [Archived Catalog]

Geography—Environmental Prelaw Major (B.S.)

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Major code BS4240

College of Arts and Sciences 
Geography Department
Clippinger Laboratories 122
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1140
Fax: 740.593.1138

Dorothy Sack, contact person

Program Overview

The geography–environmental prelaw major is designed to prepare students for a career in environmental law and related fields. This interdisciplinary program is unique because in addition to requiring social science courses that prepare students for law school, it also requires a foundation in the physical sciences and courses that link humans and their environment.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Besides attending law school or seeking a graduate degree in geography or a related field, students with this major may work for the federal or state government, in planning offices, or as an environmental consultant.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Geography - Environmental Prelaw Major (B.S.)

The major requirements for the B.S. degree in Geography - Environmental Prelaw is a minimum of 41 hours of geography. Take some of the supporting courses to satisfy the University General Education Requirements and the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Geography Foundations

Complete the following four geography foundation courses:

Technique/Method Course

Complete one of the following courses:

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Complete the following four required courses:

Supporting Courses


Complete one of the chemistry options.

Chemistry Option 1:

Chemistry Option 2:


Complete the following course:

Reasoning Electiive

Complete one of the following courses:

Preparation for Law

If you plan to enter law school after earning an undergraduate degree, it is prudent to choose a major that reflects your true academic interest. Majors in history, philosophy, political science, and sociology and anthropology are often considered excellent academic preparation for law school. See the respective department listing s in the catalog for specific information about major requirements. Additional prelaw information is available at:

You may also want to select courses from English composition and literature, American literature, history (English and American), political science, economics, sociology, a laboratory science, mathematics, philosophy (include ethics and logic), accounting, psychology, and a foreign language. Courses in speech, and training in expression, as well as activities that develop the capacity for independent thought and action, are recommended.

For students interested in environmental law the Department of Geography  offers a prelaw major grounded in sciences preparation.. See Geography—Environmental Prelaw  for information. The Department of Philosophy  offers an opportunity to prepare for the study of law through a program emphasizing logic and the analysis of social, political, and legal thought. See Philosophy—Prelaw Major . The Prelaw program in the Department of Political Science  centers on the Law, Justice, and Political Thought. See  Political Science—Prelaw Major .

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that to enter law school you must be able to show possession of an undergraduate degree from an approved college if you wish to take the Ohio Bar Examination. Law schools in the State of Ohio require the degree of all entering students, regardless of the state in which they plan to take the bar examination.

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