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Geographic Studies

The minor in Geographic Studies is defined by its concern with place. Geographers strive to answer spatial questions regarding the Earth’s surface; to describe and explain the character of regions; to ascertain the ways in which historical and contemporary humans have used and shaped the Earth’s surface; and to understand the interactions of physical, biotic and human systems within our global environment. The minor is compatible with a variety of environmental majors in the college.

The minor is sponsored by the Department of Human Ecology, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Program.

Requirements: 

20 units

  • LDA 010 World Regional Geography (3 units)

Choose at least one course from each of the following three areas (13-17 units)

  • Human Geography
    • CRD 140 Dynamics of Regional Development (4 units) 
    • CRD 141 Organization of Economic Space (4 units)
    • CRD 142 Rural Change in the Industrialized World (4 units)
    • NUT 120BN Nutritional Geography (4 units)
    • AAS 100 Survey of Ethnicity in the US (4 units)
    • AAS 107C African Descent Communities and Culture in Asia (4 units)
    • AAS 155A African-American Dance and Culture in the United States, Brazil and the Caribbean (4 units)
    • AAS 172 Diaspora and New Black Identities (4 units)
    • AAS 176 The Politics of Resources (4 units)
    • AAS 180 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (4 units)
    • AAS 182 Hip Hop Culture & Globalization (4 units)
    • Or other upper division courses approved by the advisor.
  • Physical Geography
    • ESM 120 Global Environmental Interactions (4 units)
    • ESM 144 Trees and Forests (4 units)
    • EVE 147 Biogeography (4 units)
    • PLS 144 Trees and Forests (4 units)
    • WFC 110 Biology and Conservation of Wild Mammals (3 units)
    • WFC 111 Biology and Conservation of Wild Birds (3 units)
    • WFC 120 Biology and Conservation of Fishes (3 units)
    • WFC 156 Plant Geography (4 units)
    • WFC 157 Coastal Ecosystems (4 units)
    • Or other upper division courses approved by the advisor.
  • Methods of Geography:
    • LDA 150 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
      • Or ABT 150 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
    • ESM 185 Aerial Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (4 units)
    • ESM 186 Environmental Remote Sensing (5 units)
    • ABT 181N Concepts and Methods in Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
    • ABT 182 Environmental Analysis using GIS (4 units)
    • HYD 182 Environmental Analysis using GIS (4 units)
    • Or other upper division courses approved by the advisor.

Optional (1-4 units)

  • ​Individual Study: Select a maximum of four units of 192 (Internship) or 199 (Research) in any appropriate department.

Total = 20 units

Minor Advisors

S. E. Greco
segreco@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-5983

Sharla Cheney
scheney@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-8628