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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 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

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply geography concepts, especially the distribution of the built environment in relation to physical features, by constructing analytic essays. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the discipline’s vocabulary, concepts, and themes by scoring well on an objective assessment. 
  • Develop electronic portfolios demonstrating their career preparation. 

Environmental Geography Specialization

Environmental Geography Credits: 15

Choose three from the following:

Regional Courses Credits: 5

Choose one from the following:

Techniques Courses Credits: 10

Culminating Experience Courses Credits: 5

Choose one from the following for 5 credits:

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 13-15

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

Total Specialization Credits: 60-65

Total Credits: 85-90

College and Department Information

Geography Department  
College of the Sciences  

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

Program Codes
Major plan codes: GEOGBS, GEOGBSP
Specialization plan code: ERG

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