Minors

Minor in Geospatial Literacy

Spatial thinking is an ability to visualize and interpret location, distance, direction, relationships, movement, and change through space. Spatial concepts are fundamental within not only geography, math, and natural sciences but also the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business. As an approach to learning, however, spatial thinking is rarely an explicit inclusion. At the heart of this minor is an ambitious goal: to promote a spatially infused learning opportunity within a set of majors that will excel from spatial thinking and analysis. The minor in Geospatial Literacy captures the integrative power of geography and geospatial technology to help students visualize knowledge, solve problems, and understand relationships through a spatial lens.

The Geospatial Literacy minor is framed as an interdisciplinary minor that recognizes the many disciplinary origins of innovations in spatial reasoning, representation, and analysis.

Course Requirements: 18 Units

Required Courses (12 Units):

GEOG 103I Mobile, Wired, & Tracked
GEOG 211 Introduction to GIS
GEOG 219 Introduction to Geographic Methods
GEOG 311 GIS Concepts & Techniques

Elective Courses (6 Units):

Because the Minor in Geospatial Literacy is interdisciplinary, particular elective courses are available in the following departments:

  • Agricultural Engineering Technology
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Geosciences
  • Health & Community Services
  • Management Information Services
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Recreation, Hospitality & Parks Management

See Department Advisor for details, or view the catalog for more information.

Geospatial Literacy Minor

Minor in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Minor provides interdisciplinary investigations into critical environmental issues.  The Minor is appropriate for all majors seeking to increase environmental literacy in their chosen fields.

Course Requirements: 24 Units

Required Courses (12 Units):

ECON 365 Environmental Economics
GEOG 304 Sustainability Issues
GEOG 440 Environmental Thought in Action
POLS 461 Environmental Politics and Policy

Required Courses (6-8 Units):

Select two courses from the following:

BIOL 334 Conservation Ecology
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Applied Sciences
CHEM 111 General Chemistry
GEOS 330/330Z Environmental Science

Elective Courses (4-6 Units):

Courses are available in the following departments or programs:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Health and Community Services
  • History
  • Geography
  • Geological and Environmental Science
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management
  • Sociology

See Department Advisor for details, or view the catalog for more information.

Minor in Geography

The Geography Minor is of value to students majoring in the sciences, recreation, economics, business, geology, social sciences, and to those seeking teaching credentials.

Course Requirements: 21 Units

Required Courses (9 Units):

GEOG 101I Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Peoples, Places, & Environments
GEOG 219 Introduction to Geographic Methods

Required Courses (6 Units):

Select two courses from the following:

GEOG 301 Global Economic Geography
GEOG 303 Geography and World Affairs
GEOG 304 Sustainability Issues

6 Additional Units from Any Upper-Division GEOG course.

See Department Advisor for details, or view the catalog for more information.

Minor in Planning and Development

The Minor in Planning and Development is attractive to students in public administration, political science, business, engineering, recreation, and economics who wish to pursue a career in planning.

Course Requirements: 21 Units

Required Courses (15 Units):

GEOG 101I Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Peoples, Places, & Environments
GEOG 320 Introduction to Land Use Planning
GEOG 425 Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions
GEOG 427 Environmental Impact Analysis

Elective Courses (6 Units):

Courses are available in the following departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Criminal Justice

See Department Advisor for details, or view the catalog for more information.