Geography is an integrative discipline that focuses on the interrelationships between the physical and human environments.
Geographers investigate the physical landscape (e.g., landforms, climate, biosphere) and spatial patterns of human activity within the environment (e.g., urbanization, migration, spread of diseases, desertification, global change). By integrating the physical and the human environments, Geographers bring a unique perspective to the study of pressing societal problems and issues, such as natural disaster relief and urban sprawl. This perspective is strongly enhanced by a suite of spatial analytical tools (e.g., cartography, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems). With its spatial analytical tools and broad perspectives on the physical and cultural world, geography provides useful skills and knowledge for students in a variety of fields from urban and land use planning to business, resource management, and international development.
Geographic knowledge and thinking enables one to understand the constantly changing places, people, patterns, and connections in the world today. There has never been a time of more mobility of people, information, and ideas, which makes understanding the spatial context of places and interactions very important.
The Geography minor consists prerequisite courses in human and physical geography, a required course in geographic techniques, and at least nine credit hours of elective upper-division courses chosen from Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Economics, History, or Political Science. Only certain courses within each of these disciplines satisfies requirements for the Geography minor.