Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography Minor

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

Department of Environmental Studies, College of the Environment

25 credits


Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the Earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the natural environment. Natural and human systems vary over space and many environmental issues are therefore inherently spatial. Environmental Geography links together the social sciences and natural sciences, studying the relationships between human activity and natural systems. We draw on knowledge from many different fields of study to give us the big picture view of how and why cultural and natural landscapes vary over space. We make extensive use of maps, complex spatial datasets, and technology to aid our understanding of the world.

Why Consider a Geography Minor?

Do you wonder about how human and natural environments vary across the world? Are you curious about how the interactions and interdependencies between human and natural systems? Do you love maps? Are you comfortable with spatial problem solving? If so, then Geography will be a great minor for you! Come join us as we work together to understand our world!

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Rebekah Paci-Green
Arntzen Hall 206

College of the Environment 
Professional Advisor

Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539

Program Advisor
Andrew Bach
Arntzen Hall 226

 Sample Careers

Cartographer | GIS Analyst | Tourism Industry Professional | Water Resource Manager | Park Ranger | Restoration and Conservation Analyst | Forest Service Employee | Educator

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare a minor, set up an appointment with a professional adviser on our Undergrad Academic Advising website cenv.wwu.edu/academic-advising, by visiting the College of the Environment Student Support office in Environmental Studies Building 539, or by calling 360-650-3520.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Geography Core (8 credits)

Electives (17 credits)

❑ 17 Elective credits of coursework form the lists below. We strongly encourage you to take at least one course in each of the three knowledge areas listed below:

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study