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Minor in Geography and Environmental Resources

A minor in Geography and Environmental Resources consists of 15 credit-hours from a combination of the core courses and any one of the specializations.

Minor in GIS

The Undergraduate GIS Minor enables students to focus on the fundamentals of geospatial techniques and analytical skills. This minor meets the needs of the expanding job opportunities for undergraduate students. This minor ensures that students understand earth-map relationships; understand principles of cartography; know the technical aspects of remote sensing and have competence in visual interpretation and digital processing and analysis of imagery; understand the basic representation and modeling of spatial data in GIS. Further, they will demonstrate an understanding of GIS concepts, database management, and the process of decision-making in the GIS context and obtain yield basic skills of spatial analysis and modeling and the analytical capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS and ERDAS IMAGINE. The program requires students to complete 15 credit hours of undergraduate level coursework, as follows:

  • GEOG 310i (3) - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 401 (3) - Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 404 (3) - Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 406 (3) - Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 416 (3) - Cartographic Design

Minor in Sustainability

The Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability enables students to expand their knowledge and understanding of the long-term sustainable use of the earth's resources, including water, land use and food systems, climate change, urban sustainability, and "green" energy. This minor meets the needs of the expanding job opportunities in environmental sustainability. Students must maintain a 2.7 GPA in the certification courses. The program requires students to complete at least 15 credit hours of coursework, as follows:

  • GEOG 300i (3) - Geography, People, and the Environment
  • GEOG 320 (3) - Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOG 424 (3) - Sustainable Development

Two of the following:

  • GEOG 421 (3) - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 422 (3) - Economics in Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOG 425 (3) - Integrated Water Management
  • GEOG 426 (3) - Administration of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources
  • GEOG 429 (3) - Geography of Local and Organic Food
  • GEOG 435 (3) - Energy Planning
  • GEOG 436 (3) - Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 439 (3) - Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 454 (3) - Conservation and Environmental Movements
  • GEOG 480 (2-6) - Internship in Geography
  • GEOG 481 (3-6) - Cooperative Work Experience in Geography

The Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor is open to all majors, including Geography and Environmental Resources Majors.  See Dr. Duram for details.