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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography BS, Environmental and Resource Geography Specialization

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This specialization engages students in courses that primarily use field and laboratory techniques to study Earth’s environmental systems and the human dimensions of resource use and allocation. The curriculum is designed to provide majors with an applied approach for developing data collection and analysis skills, as well as an ability to evaluate the societal and physical dimensions of environmental sustainability. This specialization places a strong emphasis on understanding human-environmental interactions, including climate change, hazards, and watershed and landscape dynamics in aquatic, mountain, arid, and forest environments, particularly the Pacific Northwest. Students who complete this specialization will be prepared for careers in natural resource management and are likely to be employed by federal, state, and tribal agencies, as well as private consulting firms. Students interested in graduate study in the field of environmental geography or resource management should work closely with their advisor to tailor this specialization to their particular field of interest.

Geography Core

Admission to the Major

All students who wish to major in geography must:

  1. Have a 2.25 minimum GPA in all coursework taken up to the time of admission
  2. Apply for acceptance into the geography major
  3. Upon acceptance into the program, meet with their assigned advisor to develop a major contract
  4. Earn a C- or higher grade in each of the courses in their major contract

Environmental Geography

Choose three from the following:

Total Environmental Geography Credits: 15


Total Techniques Credits: 10


 Choose one from the following:

Total Regional Credits: 5

Resource Geography Credits: 12-15

Culminating Experience

Choose one from the following:

Culminating Experience Credits: 5

Department-approved Electives

Taken from environmental, techniques, regional, and resource courses above, or by advisement.

Total Electives Credits: 13-15

 NOTE: to satisfy the overall major requirement, at least 8 credits must be successfully completed in 400-level geography coursework.

Total Credits: 85-87

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