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Geography Minor at BHSU

Start Your Career in Geography

Geography is exclusively offered as a minor at BHSU. This minor is complementary to students majoring in both the natural and the social sciences. Geography is the study of What is there, Why is it where and Why we should care. It is a discipline that teaches students specific methodologies for thinking about and managing the vast amounts of data we now can access. Students learn to apply spatial approaches to solve problems in a broad array of areas, such as history, science, sociology, politics, and more. Students develop a mental map of the global community, a better sense of the spatial relevance of physical environments, and the ways our species interacts with the world at large.

Students with a Geography minor can find careers in cartography and GIS mapping, environmental consulting, climatology, conservation, history, outdoor education, and more. Many choose to work for non-profit agencies. Geographers are actively engaged in solving problems around the world today.


The Geography Minor at BHSU offers:

  • Hands on application in labs
  • Training in industry leading Geographic Information Systems software
  • A developed understanding of both physical and human geography
  • Broad foundational knowledge of the world at large
  • Credit for study abroad experiences

Geography Course Requirements

Required  - 21 semester hours

  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • GEOG 210 World Regional Geography
  • SCI 388 Global Positioning & Geographical Information Systems

Take 12 credit hours of the following:

  • GEOG 300-400 Level Geography Courses
  • BIOL 311 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 311L Principles of Ecology Lab
  • GEOL 201 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 201L Physical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 203 Historical Geology 
  • GEOL 203L Historical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 321 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • HIST 476 History of South Dakota
  • SOC 440 Urban Sociology 
  • SOC 462 Population Studies

Required  - 21 semester hours

  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • GEOG 210 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 450 Geographical Education
  • SEED 415 7-12 Social Science Methods

Take 9 credit hours of the following:

  • GEOG Geography Electives
  • *GEOG 292 Topics
  • GEOG 379 Environmental History of the U.S.
  • GEOG 346 Canada: History and Geography
  • *GEOG 459 Political Geography
  • GEOG 491 Independent Study 
  • HIST 476 History of South Dakota
  • *SCI 388 Global Positioning & Geographical Information Systems
  • SOC 440 Urban Sociology 
  • SOC 462 Population Studies

* Must take two of these for teaching endorsement

Career Opportunities

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Planning / Development Surveyor
  • Emergency Management Planners
  • Conservation Officer
  • Climatologist
  • Demographer