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.

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)