Geography Minor


The Geography minor exposes students to the interdisciplinary study of human-environment relations by engaging them in focused coursework in cartography, spatial analysis, and the interaction between human settlements and Earth’s physical processes. Students practice the use of mapping software and the visual display of multiple datasets. All upper-level courses require students to assess the influence of natural processes on human activity. Students may not minor in both Geography and Geosciences.

Minor Requirements

16-17 credits

Core Courses (9 credits)

These required core courses give students a foundation in the principles of physical and human geography, and introduce students to spatial analysis technologies and tools of Geographic Information Systems.

ENV-150Physical Geography

3 credits

ENV-151Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

ENV-350Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2 credits

ENV-350LIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems Lab

1 credit

Environmental Systems Science (4 credits)

Complete one lecture/lab.

BIO-140Idaho Natural History

3 credits

BIO-140LIdaho Natural History Lab

1 credit

ENV-101Physical Geology

3 credits

ENV-101LPhysical Geology Lab

1 credit

ENV-161Environmental Systems Science

3 credits

ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab

1 credit

Applications (3-4 credits)

The following four upper-division elective options provide depth in geographic topics.  Complete one lecture and any associated lab (3-4 credits).


3 credits

ENV-310LGeomorphology Laboratory

1 credit

ENV-320Earth's Dynamic Climate System

3 credits

ENV-330Working Landscapes

3 credits

ENV-357Making Maps: Creative Cartography

3 credits

Mathematics (3-4 credits)

Complete one course.

MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics

3 credits

MAT-150Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4 credits

MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis

3 credits

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125, MAT-150, or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.


Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

1) Analyze the way that natural physical processes and human activity combine to create the existing and possible future distribution of landscapes;

2) Apply historical and existing cartographic methods to explore, analyze, and display information; and

3) Practice combination of multiple datasets for analysis of physical geographic processes and human activity.