Sep 25, 2020  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [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
meeksa@ohio.edu
http://www.ohio.edu/geography

Geoff Buckley, 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.
 

Requirements

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 44 hours of geography. Take some of the supporting courses to satisfy the University General Education requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

Geography Foundations


Complete the following geography foundation courses with at least the minimum grade indicated for each course:

Technique/Method Course


Complete one of the following courses:

Program Requirements


Core Courses


Complete the following four required courses:

Supporting Courses


Chemistry


Complete one of the chemistry options.

Chemistry Option 1:

Chemistry Option 2:

Reasoning


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. Law schools draw students from a variety of majors, and history has proven to be one of the most successful in launching students toward successful careers in law. This is because our courses provide an understanding of the context within which the western legal tradition emerged.  They explain the impact that laws and courts have had on shaping society and, conversely, how societal change has reshaped legal practice. As critically the habits of a historian teach students to read and contextextualize evidence, to consider multiple perspectives, and to frame and express arguments, skills that numerous lawyers and administrators of law schools suggest are the closest approximation of legal practice that can be simulated in an undergraduate curriculum.   

Additional information about the history department’s prelaw program is available at:
www.ohio.edu/history/undergraduate/prelaw.html.

In addition to our diverse array of history courses, you are advised to use your general electives to take other courses helpful in enhancing your analytical abilities. Those may include courses from English composition and literature, American literature, political science, economics, sociology, 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.

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. More general informaton regarding prelaw can be found at: www,cas.ohiou.edu/undergrad/cat/PreLaw.asp.

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