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Geography B.A.

Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2011
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 47
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This program provides students with a strong interdisciplinary degree that combines human, physical, and technical aspects of the discipline. It trains students for employment in careers requiring knowledge of geography or the use of geographic techniques, and prepares them for graduate studies. Career opportunities for students with a degree in geography include environmental assessment, public and private sector planning, geographic education, travel and tourism, cartography and geo-visualization, business and industrial research, location analysis, community activism, geographic information sciences, and a variety of other activities requiring geographic expertise.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in geography include: * A second field of study (either a minor or another major). * Foreign language study is recommended, but not required, for all geography students, especially those interested in cultural geography or considering graduate study. Students interested in the technical/techniques aspects of geography should consult with their adviser about some of the following courses that might support their focus in geography: CS 1121, CS 1211, CS 1511, CS 1521, STAT 1411, STAT 3611, SOC 3155, FMIS 3201, FMIS 3421.
Lower Division (13 cr)
If a student is a double major in geography and geology, the student may take either GEOG 1414 or GEOL 1110. If the student takes GEOL 1110 (and not GEOG 1414), the student must take GEOG 4451 in place of GEOG 1414. If the student takes GEOG 1414 (and not GEOL 1110), the student must take another geology elective in place of GEOL 1110.
GEOG 1304 - Human Geography [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 2306 - Environmental Conservation [LE CAT8, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 2313 - Economic Geography [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division (14 cr)
Senior Project: Majors complete a senior research project (GEOG 5999) developing ideas generated in advanced geography courses and carried out with the guidance of a faculty member. Students present their projects orally at a department seminar.
GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4.0 cr)
GEOG 4612 - Field Techniques (4.0 cr)
GEOG 4803 - Geographic Thought (3.0 cr)
GEOG 5999 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
Electives (16 cr)
Two courses from at least two of the following groups. NOTE: GEOG 3991, 3995, 3997, 5991, 5995 may apply, consult your adviser for appropriate application to the major.
Take no more than 16 course(s) from the following:
Economics/Political
GEOG 23xx, 33xx, 43xx, 53xx
· Environmental/Physical
GEOG 24xx, 34xx, 44xx, 54xx
· Spatial/Analytical
GEOG 25xx, 35xx, 45xx, 55xx
· Regional
GEOG 27xx, 37xx, 47xx, 57xx
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3121 - Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3130 - Advanced Writing: Engineering (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
GEOG 1304 - Human Geography (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Ecological basis of human existence. Human population patterns and cultural diffusion. Agricultural geography. Political geography. Geography of language, religion, and ethnic groups. Effects of urbanization; economic geography.
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Earth-sun relations, maps and globes, and major factors of the natural environment, including water resources, landforms, weather and climate, natural vegetation, and soils. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)
GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will define a map and consider maps as tools for communication. Students will explore the effects of scale, projection, cartographic symbolization and generalization on the mapping process and resulting digital databases. Students will be introduced to spatial data models, types of spatial data and representation, and will study alternative or non-tradition map representations provided by GIS and Remote Sensing.
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Geography of human groups in diverse settings. Emphasis on cultural diversity, regional development, and human and environmental forces shaping regional patterns and processes. Geographic analysis of selected regions and countries.
GEOG 2306 - Environmental Conservation (LE CAT8, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Integrated study of physical, economic, social, and political aspects of natural resource management. Emphasis on identifying environmental problems and evaluating alternatives for resolution, including planning, regulation, market incentives, and mitigation activities.
GEOG 2313 - Economic Geography (LE CAT6, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Contemporary geographic pattern analysis of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Development of geographic theories and models that attempt to explain spatial variations of economic activities such as agriculture, manufacturing, and trades and services.
GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Thematic mapping of qualitative and quantitative data. Data measurement levels and their relationships to geographic phenomena and map symbols. Appropriate treatment (both statistical and representational) of map data. Designing and creating maps using computers. (2 hrs lect, 4 hrs lab) prereq: 2552 or instructor consent; Stat 1411 recommended
GEOG 4612 - Field Techniques
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geographic survey of physical and cultural aspects of selected urban and rural landscapes, including basic methods of observation, measurement, recording, analysis, and presentation of field data. Chiefly field training. prereq: Minimum 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent
GEOG 4803 - Geographic Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development and significance of geographic concepts and thought. History and intellectual roots of contemporary geography, geographers, and geographic institutions. prereq: 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent
WRIT 3121 - Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks in business and organizations, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 3121
WRIT 3130 - Advanced Writing: Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks in engineering, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, lab reports, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 3130
WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing tasks in science, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, lab reports, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for COMP 3150
WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing for those whose professional interests are in sociology, anthropology, geography, criminology, psychology, women's studies, history, political science, and similar fields. Assignments center on producing documents encountered in the workplace, such as career documents, proposals, research projects, oral presentations, observational studies, and position papers. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for COMP 3160