Majors and Minors

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a major and minor in geography, as well as a geographic information systems (GIS) minor (for non-geography majors) and a concentration area in GIS for majors. The GIS minor is well-adapted to majors in the physical and social sciences and complements studies in education, marketing, real estate, and entrepreneurship.

Major in Geography

Geography - Major Field Guide

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOL 111 (Introductory Physical Geology) or GEOL 114 (The Science of Natural Disasters) or GEOL 115 (Environmental Geology) (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG/ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus sixteen credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG/ENVR 151 Environmental Problems and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • GEOG 230 Weather and Climate (4 credits)
  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 350 Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 298 Special Topics in Geography (focus changes with each offering) (4 credits each)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)

Note: At least twelve of the credits used to fulfill the major must be at the 298-level or above.

Major in Geography - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOL 111 (Introductory Physical Geology) or GEOL 114 (The Science of Natural Disasters) or GEOL 115 (Environmental Geology) (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG/ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus twelve credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 350 Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)

Plus:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Minor in Geography

Five courses selected in consultation with the department Chair.

Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This minor is only available to non-geography majors.

  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)

Plus twelve credits from the following courses:

  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 350 Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)