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Geography Major & Minor

The discipline of geography seeks to understand the transformation of the earth in relationship to both human and environmental processes and serves as a bridge between the natural and social sciences. Spatial theories (scale, location, place, and connectivity) allow geographers to critically analyze change in the cultural, physical and economic landscape.

Students find geography’s interdisciplinary nature combines well with other programs and fields of study such as international studies, environmental studies, biology and economics.

The Geography Major

Note: No grade below a C- (1.70) will be allowed for credit within the major.

9 units, including

GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development
GEOG 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography
GEOG 260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
MATH 209 Introduction to Statistical Modeling (or equivalent research methods course, with approval of department)
GEOG 401 Geography Capstone
Four units in electives, which must include an approved experiential learning component (internship, field work, study abroad). Three of the electives must be at the 300 level or higher.

The Geography Minor

Note: No grade below a C- (1.70) will be allowed for credit within the minor.

6 units, including

GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development
GEOG 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography
GEOG 260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Three units of electives in geography, to include no more than 1.0 unit of GEOG 390 nor more than 0.5 units of GEOG 388.