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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.

Requirements for the Minor 18 credits chosen in consultation with a geography adviser:

  • Select 3 credits in physical geography (GEOG 1N or 3N or 30N or 430 or 431)
  • Select 3 credits in human geography (GEOG 1N or 2N or 3N or 30N or 430 or 432 or 438W)
  • Select 6 credits of additional geography courses (GEOG 1N or 2N or 3N or 6N or 430 or 431 or 432 or 438W)
  • Select 6 credits of 400-level geography courses (GEOG 430 or 431 or 432 or 438W)

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.

Course List — Undergraduate Minor in Geography

Required Course (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Environment and Society in a Changing World GEOG 30N Introduces students to the relationships between human and the natural environment, in addition to the theories and methods that geographers employ in addressing them. 3 credits
Additional Courses (select 15 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Global Parks and Sustainability GEOG 1N 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
Apocalyptic Geographies: How can we prevent the end of the world? GEOG 2N Explores various visions of the apocalypse and their relevance for addressing major contemporary social, ecological, and economic issues. These issues include global climate change, nuclear war, the growing refugee crisis, the breakdown of democratic governance, economic recession and forms of everyday violence and social fracture. 3 credits
Food and the Future Environment GEOG 3N 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
Maps and the Geospatial Revolution GEOG 6N Explores the fundamentals of cartography, geographic information science, and associated technologies through mapping and spatial analysis to answer key human and environmental 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 30N or GEOG 040 or GEOG 130 or permission of the program
3 credits
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
3 credits
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
3 credits
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 30N
3 credits


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