Minors

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Minor in Geography

 

Graduates with a minor in geography can bring expertise to a variety of careers, from market researchers to health services officials.

The minor may be combined with many Columbian College majors, making it an ideal option for students interested in studying issues as diverse as geopolitics, migration and language, community planning and climate change.

Students complete 19 credits for the general geography minor, drawing from across four geographical subject areas. Elective topics include water resources, military geography, sustainability and cartography.

 

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"I got involved with the environmental nonprofit Clean Water Action [in my junior year]. A lot of the folks who I was training to canvass had little background knowledge about water resources. Knowing many of the issues was incredibly helpful; I felt as though I was one step ahead."

Lucy Hummer

BA ’20


Minor in Geography Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 19 credits, including 7 credits in required courses and 12 credits selected from among four groups.

Required
GEOG 1001Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 1002Introduction to Physical Geography
One course from each of the following groups:
Group A: Physical Geography
GEOG 2129Biogeography
GEOG 2134Energy Resources
GEOG 2136Water Resources
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
GEOG 3108Weather and Climate
GEOG 3128Geomorphology
GEOG 3194Special Topics in Physical Geography
Group B: Human Geography
GEOG 2124Urban Transportation
GEOG 2125Transportation Systems and Networks
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2133People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2140Cities and Societies
GEOG 2141Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2144Explorations in Historical Geography
GEOG 2147Military Geography
GEOG 2148Economic Geography
GEOG 3145Cultural Geography
GEOG 3146Political Geography
GEOG 3195Special Topics in Human Geography
GEOG 3810Planning Cities
Group C: Techniques
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2196Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 3105Techniques of Spatial Analysis
GEOG 3106Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 3107Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 3196Special Topics in Techniques
GEOG 4307Digital Image Processing and Analysis
GEOG 4308Programming for Geospatial Applications
GEOG 4309GIS for Emergency Management
GEOG 4310Geovisualization and Cartography
GEOG 4311Open Source Solutions for Geospatial Project Management
Group D: Nature and Society
GEOG 1003Society and Environment
GEOG 2120World Regional Geography
GEOG 3132Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
GEOG 3193Environmental Law and Policy
GEOG 3197Special Topics in Regional Geography
GEOG 3218Arctic Systems


 


Minor in GIS

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The minor in geographic information systems (GIS) covers geographic data acquisition, geospatial database construction and management, spatial analysis and geovisualization. Students complete 18 credits in geography courses for the minor.

GIS-trained professionals are sought after across the private and public sectors. Federal government agencies such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and NASA routinely recruit geography graduates with strong GIS backgrounds.

 


Minor in GIS Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Required
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 3105Techniques of Spatial Analysis
GEOG 3106Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 3107Introduction to Remote Sensing
Electives
One of the following:
GEOG 3196Special Topics in Techniques
GEOG 4307Digital Image Processing and Analysis
GEOG 4308Programming for Geospatial Applications
GEOG 4309GIS for Emergency Management
GEOG 4310Geovisualization and Cartography
GEOG 4311Open Source Solutions for Geospatial Project Management

 


Minor in Sustainability

For students eager to learn about sustainable, science-based solutions to environmental problems, the minor in sustainability is a popular choice. Overseen by the Provost and involving several departments across the university (including biology, social justice, law, business and geography), this minor pairs classroom instruction with community-based learning and research. Minors must complete 18 credits from one of three tracks, with Track B offering the deepest focus on geography.