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Environmental Geography and Sustainability

Environmental Geography and Sustainability is intended for students who want a broad background in the social and environmental sciences that relates to applied environmental management.

Description: Environmental Geography and Sustainability focuses on the interactions between people, government policies, natural resources, and the environment.

Career examples: Sustainability consultant, environmental manager, eco-educator, community organizer, environmental regulator, and more. See information from the United Nations on Green Jobs here.

Skills/Techniques: gather/evaluate/analyze social and ecological data, stakeholder involvement, policy assessment, environmental problem-solving.

Required Courses:

  • GEOG 320 (3) Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOG 330 (3) Physical Climatology
  • GEOG 424 (3) Sustainable Development
  • GEOG 436 (3) Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 470 (3) Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies
  • 2 additional 400-level GEOG courses, such as
    • GEOG 421 - Urban Sustainability
    • GEOG 429 - Local and Organic Food
    • GEOG 439 - Global Climate Change
    • GEOG 480 - Internship in Geography