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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Department Geography
College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BA, BS
Program Description Geography is the study of natural and cultural features and processes distributed over the earth. It is both a natural science and a social science in that it examines people and their environment and serves as bridge between the physical and cultural worlds. Furthermore, geography seeks to understand and solve the problems of modern society as they pertain to people's use of the earth's resources. The department's courses are especially suitable for students interested in liberal education, teaching, travel management, environmental management, field-work, cartographic and geographic information system analysis and other applied field sciences.
We offer two Bachelor's degrees in the Department. The B.A. degree is a standard Liberal Arts degree with a strong emphasis on basic skills. The B.S. degree is primarily oriented towards teachers and emphasizes teaching courses either within the Social Studies curriculum, or the Earth Sciences major. Both of these degrees may be fine-tuned towards prospective teachers. There are several options available within the degree program with three clear concentrations available to students:
  • Resource and Environmental Studies, incorporating courses in Environmental Resource Issues, Conservation and Environmental Assessment
  • Geographic Techniques incorporating Cartography, Air-Photo Interpretation, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Climatology and Weather Analysis incorporating Meteorology and Applied Climatology courses
Students may also consider a more general training where specific regions of the world are studied including Asia, Europe, Africa, Russia and its neighbors, Latin America and Anglo America. Within most of the courses offered in the Department you will acquire a global literacy.
Admission Requirements Students enrolling in 300-400 level courses must be admitted to the program.
Admission to major is granted by the department.
Minimum university admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Contact the department for application procedures
Other Requirements A GPA of 2.0 or higher in a major or minor in geography is required for graduation. Pass/No Credit Policy. P/N grading will be accepted in the major only for GEOG 401 and 497. All other courses must be taken for letter grades. All courses for a minor must be taken for letter grades.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Geography
7 Armstrong Hall
Minnesota State University Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2617
Fax: 507-389-2980
TTY: 800-627-3529
College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall

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