Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


Academic Information

This minor examines global environments and looks at how physical dynamics, such as climates, landforms, vegetation, and soils affect biological and social systems. Topics include mapping, and approved electives open the door for exploring GIS, atmospheric effects, and urban geography.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


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What Can I Do with a Minor in Physical Geography?

If you want to engage more with our fascinating physical environment, a minor in physical geography may connect well with your major studies. You will take various introductory and intermediate-level courses that focus on the earth's hydrosphere (water systems), biosphere (life zones), atmosphere (weather and climate), and lithosphere (physical landforms and processes). All of this is coupled with geospatial technologies including geographic information systems and various research assignments and applied projects. To truly understand the complex interactions within our global and local environments, a minor in physical geography will certainly fill that need.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:
 

  1. Identify the diversity of fields, information, and tools used in the study of physical geography
  2. Explain, in general terms, the major cycles and systems of the Earth
  3. Relate processes at local scales to broad patterns observed at continental and global scales
  4. Apply several field, laboratory, and geospatial techniques used to study weather and climate, water, soils, vegetation, and Earth surface processes and landforms
  5. Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of the geosciences to help plan for ongoing environmental change (natural and anthropogenic)

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


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Minor Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Physical Geography, Minor


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