Geography is an integrative discipline that focuses on the interrelationships between the physical and human spaces.

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, urban sprawl, and climate change. 

This perspective is strongly aided by a suite of spatial analytical tools (e.g., cartography, Geographic Information Systems) that are utilized in many fields today. 

Minor Requirements

A minor in Geography can be added to any major. Geographic knowledge and thinking enables you to understand the constantly changing places, people, patterns, and connections in the world today. This understanding is valuable in a variety of careers and fields, including business, marketing, urban and regional studies, environmental science and sustainability.

All students are required to take Geog 302: Mapping our World (4 credits) to obtain a foundation in geospatial tools.  In addition, students choose 12 credit hours from a selection of upper-level courses for a total of 16 credit hours. 

For specific course information and requirements, please see the Undergraduate Catalog or the CASL Advising and Academic Success website.

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