I gave up on finishing the process last semester because I was running out of time between various projects. I have to finish it this semester, though, because you have to finish a certain number of hours after your plan is approved (21) - presumably to keep you from trying to craft a degree out of

*exactly the classes you happen to have already taken*.

My school (Metro) has minors. So under this program, you can make up your own major (and then have a regular minor), your own minor (with a regular major), or your own extended major. Of course, you have to write up a thing about why your plan makes sense and what kinds of jobs you might look for afterwards, and get departmental approval, and all that.

Anyway, since I wanted to have fewer GIS/Planning/Land Use classes and more Computer Science classes, I called mine "Geographic Software Engineering." I think that sounds pretty cool. It was to be about 1/3 each of GIS, Computer Science, and Math.

Since I've been thinking more about teaching lately, I've been revising this plan to incorporate the types of math classes taken by teachers, and to make sure I end up with enough math classes to qualify for alternative certification in Houston. (It takes 24 hours, with 12 "advanced". In Denver, you have to have 30 hours to be alternatively certified.)

This is my current extended major. Classes in blue are the ones I still need to take.

GEG 1100 - Introduction to Physical Geography

GIS 2250 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GIS 3250 - Computer Cartography

GIS 4840 - Remote Sensing [damn that was a great class!]

GIS 4850 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

GIS 4870 - Spatial Database Design, Implementation, & Management

MTH 2410 - Calculus II

MTH 2420 - Calculus III

MTH 3100 - Introduction to Proofs

MTH 3110 - Abstract Algebra

MTH 3140 - Linear Algebra

MTH 3650 - Foundations of Geometry

CSI 1050 - Computer Science 1

CSI 2050 - Computer Science 2

CSI 3050 - Computer Science 3

CSI 3210 - Principles of Programming Languages

CSI 4250 - Software Engineering Principles

CSI 4260 - Software Eingineering Practices

This is 62 hours, of which 41 are upper-division. I'ts a pretty strong degree, I think (for an undergrad degree from a mediocre school, I mean) - I'm only required to have 27 upper-division hours. It gets me enough math for HISD, and the math I'm taking is a subset of what teachers here take, so it should look like about the right kind of stuff (that is, more theoretical math and not too much engineering/practical type math).

I have 29 hours left to take, which is basically 2 years for me. Argh. I seem perpetually 2 years away from graduation.

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"2 years away from graduation" - ah, Tam, that does bring back the memories... ;) Actually, were you every 2 years away from graduation at Rice? I can't remember how your credits tracked against the calendar year.

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