BA Degree in Environmental Geography {23-24}

B.A. Degree in Environmental Geography

Environmental geography provides students with an opportunity to understand the relationships among place, people, and environment through spatial correlations and mapping. It considers the distribution of climate, cultures, landscapes, water, minerals, hazards, economic activity and other features of the Earth, the reason for these distributions, and the way they affect and are affected by humans and our cultures.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply spatial interpretive tools and principles to understanding the nature and distribution of features, cultures, and economies of the Earth.
  • Ability to engage in modern map construction and interpretation, including GIS.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data involving human interactions with various factors of the Earth, including physical and environmental factors, cultural factors, and economic factors.
  • Ability to use and interpret library and research data, including graphs and written text.
  • Ability to interpret results of an investigation, including comprehension of key ideas and evidence, and understanding of arguments.
  • Ability to communicate arguments and ideas in written and oral form to a variety of audiences with varied backgrounds and perspectives.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 44 credits )

Cultural, Economic, and Regional Geography (15 credits)

GEOS 111 Cultures and Regions (3)
GEOS 310 United States and Canada (3)
GEOS 320 Economic Geography (3)
GEOS 321 Sustainable Transportation (3)
GEOS 335 Environmental Geography and Conservation (3)

Physical Geography (12 credits)

GEOS 110 Water Land and People: An Introduction to Physical Geography (3)
GEOS 110L Water, Land, and People: An Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1)
GEOS 211L Problems in Water, Land and People (2)
GEOS 305 Oceanography (3)
GEOS 330 Elementary Meteorology (3)

Geospatial Studies (14 credits)

GEOS 205 Thinking Spatially (3)
GEOS 207 GPS Field Techniques (3)
GEOS 210 Cartography (3)
GEOS 307 Introduction to GIS (3)
CM 200 Construction Surveying (1)
CM 200L Construction Surveying Lab (1)

Capstone (3 credits)

GEOS 492 Senior Seminar and Research Capstone (includes 3 hours/week research (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
GEOS 492 Senior Seminar and research capstone (includes 3 hours/week research (designated WI course) (3 cr)

Restricted Electives ( 12 credits )

Select 4 courses from list:
GEOS 235 Geography of MN and ND (3)
GEOS 325/ANTH 325 Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing (3)
GEOS 410 Eastern Europe and Russia (3)
ANTH 115 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANTH 217 The Rise of Civilization (3)
ANTH 300 Contemporary Archaeology (3)
ANTH 307 Ecological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 308 Migration and Human Adaptation (3)
ANTH 311 American Indians and the Environment (3)
ANTH 313 Understanding Contemporary Africa (3)
ANTH 314 American Indian World Views (3)
ANTH 317 Collapse (3)
CM 327 Sustainability in the Built Environment (3)

Recommended Electives

Minor in Sustainability, Environmental Geology, or Anthopology