Physical Environment

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Physical geography is concerned with understanding the forces that shape the physical environment upon which humans depend. A knowledge of physical geography can aid students in understanding present environmental stresses as well as prepare them for a career in one of several environment-related occupations.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree often find employment in private firms or in local, state, and federal agencies. Types of jobs available include environmental research coordinator, soil technician, water resource planner, hydrologist, research meteorologist, natural resource planner, land management specialist, and climatologist.

Required Courses

In addition to the Core Courses, the Physical Environment Option consists of the following courses.

ONE of the following:
  • Geography 340
  • Geography 344

TWO of the following:
  • Geography 352
  • Geography 353 OR
  • Geography 354
  • Geography 358

ONE of the following:
  • Geography 377
  • Geography 476

SIX credits selected from any of the following:
  • Geography 340
  • Geography 344
  • Geography 352
  • Geography 353
  • Geography 354
  • Geography 358
  • Geography 371
  • Geography 377
  • Geography 379
  • Geography 393*
  • Geography 476
  • Geology 330
  • Geology 370
  • Geography 393*
* 3 credit Max.

Students who elect the Physical Environment Option should be advised that they may need to take only a few additional geography and/or geology courses for an Earth Science Minor.