Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
College of Liberal 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 it 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. Honors Requirements: Candidates must have a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.30 in the major. An honors project and paper must be completed in GEOG 4999. Students who wish to have such work considered for honors must complete a departmental form prior to the second semester of their senior year. Completed projects and papers must be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and other members of the department.
This program is available:
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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)
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. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. 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 elective courses that would support their focus in geography.
Lower Division Core (13 cr)
If a student is a double major in geography and geological sciences, 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 GEOL elective in place of GEOL 1110.
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
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)
Electives (20 cr)
NOTE: GEOG 35xx, 45xx, 55xx courses will not count toward this requirement. Only 6 credits from the following will count towards the major: GEOG 3991, 3995, 3997, 4999, 5991, 5995.
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)