Undergraduate Study

Geography Minor

The Geography minor is designed for students who wish to deepen and/or broaden their major program of study with a distinctive yet flexible program of courses encompassing the relationship between environment and society. The minor allows students to develop a coherent strategy for understanding and explaining the manner in which people and the Earth interact. Students have the opportunity to explore the origins, development, morphology, and processes of landscapes inherited from nature, as well as those institutions and cultural, economic, political, and social patterns associated with the human development, occupancy, organization, perception, and use of these landscapes.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and file a petition in the Geography Department Advising Office, 1255 Bunche Hall, 310-825-1166. Courses should be selected in consultation with the departmental adviser.

Required Lower-Division Courses (10 units): Two courses from Geography 1, 2, 3, 4, 6. It is recommended that students take these courses before attempting upper-division courses.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): Any five upper-division geography courses, with a few exceptions. Contact the advising office for more information.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor, and at least three of the five upper-division courses must be taken in residence at UCLA. Transfer credit for any of the above is subject to departmental approval.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.