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 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.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
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:
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] (4.0 cr)
GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (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 - Senior Project in Geography (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:
GEOG 23xx, 33xx, 43xx, 53xx
GEOG 24xx, 34xx, 44xx, 54xx
GEOG 25xx, 35xx, 45xx, 55xx
GEOG 27xx, 37xx, 47xx, 57xx