Majors and Minors

The Department of Geography 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.

Our department underwent a program review during the 2013-2014 academic year. As a result of this review, we have restructured our program to respond to feedback from our self-study and external reviewer comments. We believe this restructuring of courses, majors, and minors will help align our department with the new strategic planning initiatives that the University is developing. Our goal is to make our program flexible and multidisciplinary, and our department the “Green” department on campus. The new requirements are not yet reflected in the information presented below. Please see the Department Chair for details regarding the new curriculum requirements that should take effect during the Spring semester, 2015.

Major in Geography

Geography - Major Field Guide

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 112 Landscapes: Physical Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 480 Seminar in Geography (4 credits)

Plus eight credits in methods courses:

  • GEOG 223 Remote Sensing (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)

Plus four credits in a topical course:

  • GEOG 230 Weather and Climate (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 430 Urban Geography (4 credits) 

Plus four credits in a regional course:

  • GEOG 241 Geography of Minnesota (4 credits)
  • GEOG 298 Special Topics in Geography (Africa, Latin America, etc.) (4 credits each)
  • GEOG 340 Geography of the U.S. and Canada (4 credits)
  • GEOG 384 Field Study in Geography (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Eight elective geography credits

Note: At least twelve of the credits used to fulfill the major must be at the 300-level or above.

Major in Geography - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 112 Landscapes: Physical Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 421 Applied Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • GEOG 422 GIS Customization and Programming (4 credits)
  • GEOG 480 Seminar in Geography (4 credits)

Plus twelve credits from the following methods courses:

  • GEOG 223 Remote Sensing (4 credits)
  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)

Plus:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Minor in Geography

  • Eight credits in core courses
  • Eight credits in methods courses
  • Eight elective geography credits

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 methods courses:

  • GEOG 223 Remote Sensing (4 credits)
  • GEOG 322 Geographical Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 422 GIS Customization and Programming (4 credits)
  • GEOG 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits) or GEOG 491 Research (4 credits)