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Minor in Physical Geography

The Physical Geography Minor is designed for students in the Colleges of Science, Education, Liberal Arts, Engineering, and others, who desire a scientific understanding of the spatial aspects of the Earth System and analysis of spatial data. The minor emphasizes the four spheres of the Earth System: Atmosphere, Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, and Biosphere, and consists of 24 credits of geography and geology classes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this minor, students will have a solid understanding of the field of Physical Geography and will be able to analyze spatial data through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Regardless of the elective course credits selected, students will have an understanding of Earth System Science, allowing them to apply such concepts as climate change, evolution of the earth and life, geomorphology, and resource studies to relevant topics of interest within their declared major.

Career Possibilities

Students who complete the Minor in Physical Geography may be suited for entry-level jobs in environmental consulting and state or federal government agencies. These jobs are often computer-oriented work, where graduates manage geospatial information about natural resources or environmental issues. The Physical Geography Minor is designed to provide the mapping and geospatial expertise needed to perform fundamental work in geographic fields. The combination of Physical Geography with a social sciences, education, medical, architecture, or similar major can provide many career opportunities depending on the major.