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Missouri Western’s geography program provides students with an introduction to human and physical geography, as well as hands-on technical experience with GIS (geographic information systems), GPS (global positioning systems) and research tools in physical geography. Options include courses in world geography, European geography, economic geography, regional studies in the U.S. and Canada and physical geography.

A minor in geography is available to students majoring in any discipline. It complements many other programs in the university, including biology, business administration, criminal justice, history, political science and sociology. Geography helps students understand the spatial organization of society to answer crucial questions like why some places are different than others, how places are related and how they can be improved.

What will you do?
While your major will mainly determine your career, the knowledge and skills you learn in your geography minor will greatly expand your job possibilities, including environmental scientist, environmental consultant, geotechnical engineer, transportation manager, market researcher, business development, real estate appraiser, environmental economist, tour guide, manager of sustainability, urban and regional planner, logistics analyst, geointelligence specialist and more.

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Geography Minor

Minor Requirements
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 160Physical Geography4
GEO 426Geographic Information Systems4
Select one course from the following:3
Human Ecology
Geography of the United States and Canada
Select one course from the following:3
Geography of Asia
Geography of Europe
Select one course from the following:3
Sustainable Energy
Globalization, Labor, and Resources
Total Credit Hours20

Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a grade of C or higher in all minor coursework.
  4. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.

Are you ready to declare a minor? Download, sign and submit the form to the History and Geography Department.