Minor in Geography

Employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate an overall 4.9% increase in geoscience jobs between 2019 and 2029, from 460,242 jobs in 2019 to 482,726 jobs in 2029. For comparison, the projected growth of the U.S. workforce over the same timeframe is expected to be 3.7%. Growth rates for individual geoscience occupations range between 0% and 8.4% for all but geoscience engineering managers (-1%).

Marketable Skills

Students will develop:

  • Communication: Reach mutual understanding through effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  • Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  • Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  • Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question
  • Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal
  • Writing: Communicate using text in a clear and concise manner

Additionally, students will learn about 3-D spatial thinking, the ability to interpret geological maps, mapping skills, sample collection, and organization skills. 

Degree Plan

Required Courses:
GEOG 1106Laboratory for GEOG 13061
GEOG 1306Physical Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Intro to GIS-Social Sciences
Introduction to GIS
Intro to GIS-Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Geography
Cultural Geography
Cultural Geography
Select three courses of the following:9
Ecological Anthropology
Urban Anthropology
Indig Cultures of Latin Amer
Indig Cultures of North Amer
Indians of the Southwest
Contemporary Mexican Culture
U.S.-Mex. Border Society/Cult
Thinking Spatially
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Weather and Climate
Geography of Arid Lands
Geoscience Processes Lab
Geoscience Processes
Introduction to GIS
Intro. to Remote Sensing
Political Geography
Ecological Sociology
Urban Sociology
Indig Cultures of Latin Amer
Indig Cultures of North Amer
Indians of the Southwest
Contemporary Mexican Culture
U.S.-Mex Border Society/Cult
Thinking Spatially
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Total Hours19