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Why Minor in Geography?

UTC Geography minors will have fun exploring the world, while gaining a unique spatial perspective and enhancing geospatial technological skills that inform a wide variety of academic fields ranging from the natural to social sciences. This knowledge and skillset provides critical insight to global, regional, and local issues such as globalization, cultural diversity, location-based decision making, climate change, world resources, national and international security, environmental hazards, and infrastructure. According to the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education (GCGE), “Learning geography promotes understanding of past, present, and possible future conditions on Earth and fosters deep appreciation for the value of diverse cultures, natural environments, and nonhuman species.”

The UTC geography minor provides the student with a well-rounded geography education – including courses from both the cultural and natural realms. Again, according to the GCGE, “well rounded geography education enables people to acquire the skills required to pose and investigate significant spatial and environmental questions and develops the ability to use maps, imagery, and geospatial technologies.”

Minor Requirements: 18 Hours Total

  • GEOG 1010 ­ Physical Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 1040 ­ Cultural Geography (3 credits)
  • 12 other credit hours in geography, at least 9 of which are at 3000 or 4000 level
  • Minimum 2.0 average in all courses attempted for the minor
  • Additional details that are not found in the course catalog
    • To declare a Geography Minor, you need to fill out a form with the Registrar. Otherwise you won’t get credit for all your hard work!

Career Information

Benefits and relevance of geography minor to workforce: There are a broad range of careers and majors that benefit from geographic studies, including: social and environmental sciences, technology, and humanities. According to the GCGE, “geographic reasoning brings societies and nature under the lens of spatial analysis and results in habits of thinking essential to making personal decisions and solving societal problems” - skills that are highly valued by employers in today’s competitive job market. Furthermore, “the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified many jobs that involve geographic skills as ‘bright outlook’ careers – they are expected to grow rapidly over the next several years and will potentially lead to large number of job openings” (GCGE).


The following provide scholarships and grants for undergraduates:


For advisement on your minor, please contact:

Dr. Craig Laing: 
Dr. Shannon McCarragher: