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.


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a competent level of ability to read, interpret, and make topographic maps, and understand coordinate systems and scale, and to implement use of Geographic Information Systems.
  2. Communicate verbally and orally the primary climatic zones of Earth, weather and climate, and the energy-atmosphere system.
  3. Recognize the Earth-Atmosphere system, including tectonics, natural disasters, the rock cycle, rivers, and ocean systems.

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.


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Minor in Physical Geography


Department of Geoscience

Geoscience is an all-encompassing term used to refer to the earth sciences. The Department of Geosciences offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels where students can learn about topics such as earth processes; the origin and evolution of our planet; the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids; the structure of our mobile crust; the history of life; and the human adaptation to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods.


College of Sciences

The School of Life Sciences offers programs that meet the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields. We provide a well-rounded foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences that can set students up for successful careers and professional programs.