College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Geographic Science and Community Planning, Minor

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2017

This minor explores the power of geography to shape human communities and culture across the globe. Contexts include the nature of cities and ways to facilitate community participation in shaping livable, sustainable spaces.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Geographic Science and Community Planning?

The study of geography begins with exploration of the physical environment and includes cultural, political, and social landscapes. People who can think spatially about where things are in relation to other things are highly sought after in both the public and private sectors. Adding a Geography minor to your major can help your resume stand out.

Here, you will delve into GIS data analysis and cartography, remote sensing, area studies, and other tools to help you understand the web of connections between earth and humankind. Flagstaff own physical and cultural geography, its location at the edge of the Colorado Plateau, coupled with its mix of ethnic roots (Native American, Latino, and western European) make this mountain town a perfect geography classroom.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

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

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Major GPA 2.0


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 20 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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