The 18-credit Minor in Geography is composed of one prescribed and five elective courses. Your elective courses will be selected from a list of available courses in geography and can include a particular content emphasis such as environmental issues or urban and regional planning.
At least 6 of your 18 credits must be at the 400 level. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.
Course List - Geography Minor
Requirements for the Minor — 18 credits chosen in consultation with a geography adviser:
- Select 3 credits in physical geography (GEOG 030 or 430 or 431)
- Select 3 credits in human geography (GEOG 030 or 128 or 430 or 432 or 438W)
- Select 6 credits of additional geography courses (GEOG 001 or 128 or 160 or 430 or 431 or 432 or 438W or 469)
- Select 6 credits of 400-level geography courses (GEOG 430 or 431 or 432 or 438W or 469)
Please note that in order to earn the minor in Geography, all courses taken for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
|Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems||GEOG 030||Introduction to theory, methods, history and contemporary issues in global and regional relationships between human activity and the physical environment.||3 credits|
|Global Parks and Sustainability||GEOG 001||Introduction to U.S. and global protected areas, with a focus on historical and emerging trends in conservation, sustainability, and socio-ecological systems.||3 credits|
|Food and the Future Environment||GEOG 003||Introduces students to an integrated human-environment perspective on food systems and their environmental contexts in locations within the United States and internationally.||3 credits|
|Geography of International Affairs||GEOG 128||Contemporary international affairs in their geographical setting; geographic elements in the development of national power, political groupings, and international disputes.||3 credits|
|Mapping Our Changing World||GEOG 160||Fundamental concepts of GIS, cartography, remote sensing, and GPS in the context of environmental and social problems.||3 credits|
|Human Use of Environment||GEOG 430||The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.
Prerequisite: GEOG 010 or GEOG 020 or GEOG 030 or GEOG 040 or GEOG 130 or permission of the program
|Geography of Water Resources||GEOG 431||Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography or natural sciences
|Energy Policy||GEOG/EME 432||Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives
Prerequisites: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490
|Human Dimensions of Global Warming||GEOG 438W||Human dimensions of climate change: human causes; human consequences; and policy implications of global warming.
Prerequisites: EARTH 002, GEOG 010, or METEO 003, GEOG 030
|Energy Industry Applications of GIS||GEOG 469||Roles of geographic information systems in energy-siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks.
Prerequisites: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444
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