Environmental Geography and Sustainability

The Environmental Geography and Sustainability Concentration

Environmental Geography and Sustainability centers on understanding environmental issues, environmental justice and sustainability within the contexts of politics, economy, society and culture.


Students majoring in geography with a concentration in Environmental Geography and Sustainability gain analytical and geographical skills and perspectives appropriate for careers in fields such as environmental advocacy, conservation, energy management, urban and regional planning, local, state and national government, and education.

For detailed requirements, please see Geography BA Concentration Tables

Environmental Geography and Sustainability Concentration Requirements

Geography BA – Environmental Geography and Sustainability ConcentrationCredits
Introductory Courses ( 2 Courses)8

GEOGRAPH 102 Diversity, Globalization, and Sustainability: Introduction to Human Geography

Take ONE introductory physical geography course from the following:

GEOGRAPH 100 Earth: Introduction to Physical Geography –OR-
GEOGRAPH 110 Global Environmental Change –OR-
GEOGRAPH 150 The Earth Transformed: World Environmental Issues

Skills & Techniques (4 Courses)


GEOGRAPH 314 Writing in Geography (required; fulfills Junior Year Writing)
GEOGRAPH 486 Field Methods in Geography (required; fulfills integrative experience requirement)

Take ONE Statistics course from the following:

GEOGRAPH 340 Quantitative Methods -OR-
STATISTC 240 Intro to Statistics –OR-
RES-ECON 212 Intro to Statistics for Social Science –OR-
SOCIOLOGY 212 Elementary Statistics

Take ONE spatial methods class from the following:

GEOGRAPH 352 Computer Mapping -OR-
GEOGRAPH 426 Introduction to Remote Sensing -OR-
GEOGRAPH 468 Introduction to GIS/GEOGRAPH 597G Introduction to GIS

Environmental Geography and Sustainability Core Course (1 course) 3

GEOGRAPH 492S Sustainability: Critical Perspectives and Pathways

Environmental Geography and Sustainability Elective Courses (choose 3)9

GEOGRAPH 360 Economic Geography
GEOGRAPH 364 Geography of Development
GEOGRAPH 372 Urban Issues
GEOGRAPH 397WG Water Geographies: Conflict and Sustainability
GEOGRAPH 420 Political Ecology
GEOGRAPH 440 Political Geography
GEOGRAPH 450 Indigenous Peoples and Conservation
GEOGRAPH 458 Climate Change
GEOGRAPH 497C Climate Crisis: Political Ecology of Climate Change
GEOGRAPH 497E Geography, Policy and the Environment
GEOGRAPH 497EG Energy Geographies
GEOGRAPH 492NP National Parks and Protected Areas
GEOGRAPH 492PA Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples
GEOGRAPH 492UH Urban Environmental History
Other environmental studies/sustainability classes, such as courses in natural resource management, sustainable communities, economics, history or politics numbered 200+, with approval of the Chief Undergraduate Adviser.

Upper-Division Elective Courses (3 Courses)9
Students take 9 credits in Geography/cognate courses numbered 200 and above. These courses are chosen in consultation with the chief undergraduate adviser. Up to two courses may be approved cognate courses. Students may choose electives from the methods and skills courses (see list above) which they have not used to fulfill those requirements, may use any other GEOGRAPH courses, and may also take cognate elective courses outside of the Geography Program with the approval of the undergraduate advisor. Up to 3 credits may be independent study and an additional 3 credits may be senior thesis credits.