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Geography, Minor


The Minor in Geography allows students to focus on either of the major sub-disciplines of geography, namely physical geography or human geography, or to follow a broad curriculum in geography. The minor will also overlap with the coursework required of students seeking a Utah state teaching endorsement in geography.

Total Program Credits: 20

Discipline Core Requirements:   10 Credits
Required Courses; Complete the following:  
  GEOG 1000 Introduction to Physical Geography PP 3
  GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography GI SS 3
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Elective Requirements:   10 Credits
Complete at least 10 credits from the following list, at least six of which much be 3000-level or higher:   10
  ENVT 3800 Energy Use on Earth (3)  
  GEOG 1005 Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1)  
  GEOG 140G Introduction to Human Geography SS GI (3)  
  GEOG 1800 Mapping the World with Geospatial Technology PP (3)  
  GEOG 2000 Sustainability and Environment SS (3)  
  GEOG 2100 Geography of the United States SS (3)  
  GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)  
  GEOG 3000 Climate Change in Science and Society (3)  
  GEOG 3110 Urban Geography WE (3)  
  GEOG 3200 Geography of Utah (3)  
  GEOG 3300 Biogeography (4)  
  GEOG 3350 Geography of Africa (3)  
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing (3)  
  GEOG 3430 Political Geography (3)  
  GEOG 3500 Geomorphology WE (4)  
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)  
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies (3)  
  GEOG 3705 Wetland Studies Laboratory (1)  
  GEOG 3800 Environmental History of the United States (3)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods (3)  
At most one of the following courses may be used towards elective requirements:    
  ANTH 3260 Archeological Method and Theory (3)  
  ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods WE (3)  
  BIOL 3700 General Ecology (3)  
  BIOL 3800 Conservation Biology (3)  
  BOT 4050 Plant Ecology (3)  
  ENGL 373R Literature of Cultures and Places (3)  
  ENST 3000 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)  
  ENVT 3330 Water Resources Management (3)  
  ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy WE (3)  
  ANTH 3150 Culture Ecology and Health (3)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3)  
  Or other advisor-approved electives  

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Grade of C- or higher in all courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor.  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 1000 Introduction to Physical Geography PP 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
 GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography GI SS 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
 GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  Semester total: 4
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Minor Elective   4
  Semester total: 4
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Minor Elective   3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Minor Elective   3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 20



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Earth Science

Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Technical Knowledge: Prior to graduation, our students will develop the necessary technical knowledge in Earth systems and geography, as well as underlying foundational and interdisciplinary sciences including physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to succeed in professional careers related to their degree programs or in associated graduate programs.
  2. Skill in oral and written communication: Our students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that will enable them to succeed at presenting and publishing scientific data and reports. This includes orally presenting the results of research to technical and non-technical audiences and write technical and non-technical reports based upon original research and reviews of other literature and reports.
  3. Skill in problem solving and reasoning: Our students will develop skills to critically evaluate scientific questions and address those questions using both logical, laboratory, geospatial, and other creative approaches.
  4. Knowledge of agencies, laws, and regulations: Our students will graduate with knowledge of the relevant agencies (e.g., EPA, BLM, USGS, UGS, etc.) and the associated laws and regulations relevant to their field of study. Their knowledge will be sufficiently deep that they understand where and how to seek additional information to further educate themselves and conduct their work with accordance to all agencies, laws, and regulations.
  5. Knowledge of Professional Options and Responsibilities: Our students will graduate with sufficient knowledge of the breadth of career opportunities available to them that they can obtain career satisfaction. Additionally, they will know of the primary responsibilities and the expectations of them within their chosen professional track such that they are successful in the eyes of their employer(s).
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