Geography Minor

NSM PEAK

 

The minor in Geography exposes students to the interdisciplinary study of human-environment relations by engaging them in focused coursework on cartography, spatial analysis, and the interaction between human settlements and Earth’s physical processes. Students practice the use of mapping software and the visual display of multiple datasets. All upper-level courses require students to assess the influence of natural processes on human activity.  Students may not minor in both Geography and Geosciences.

Minor Requirements (16 credits)

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

Three required core courses give students a foundation in the principles of physical and human geography, and introduce students to spatial analysis technologies and tools of Geographic Information Systems. 

GEO-150Physical Geography

3 credits

ENV-151Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

ENV-350Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)

2 credits

ENV-350LIntroduction to Geographic InformationSystem Lab

1 credit

Take ONE laboratory course (4 credits)

ENV-161Environmental Systems Science

3 credits

ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab

1 credit

GEO-101Physical Geology

3 credits

GEO-101LPhysical Geology Lab

1 credit

BIO-140Idaho Natural History

3 credits

BIO-140LIdaho Natural History Lab

1 credit

Take ONE additional upper division elective course (3 credits)

The following four upper division elective options provide depth in geographic topics. 

ENV-357Applied Cartography

3 credits

GEO-310Earth's Dynamic Climate System

3 credits

GEO-320Watershed Hydrology

3 credits

ENV-330Working Landscapes and Global Climate

3 credits

Complete one Mathematics Course (3-4 credits)

Complete ONE of the following.  The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125, MAT-150, or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.

MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics

3 credits

MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach

4 credits

MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis

3 credits

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:


1) Analyze the way that natural physical processes and human activity combine to create the existing and possible future distribution of landscapes;
2) Apply historical and existing cartographic methods to explore, analyze, and display information; and
3) Practice combination of multiple datasets for analysis of physical geographic processes and human activity.