Geography / Undergraduate Study

Geography/Environmental Studies Minor

The Geography/Environmental Studies minor is intended for students interested in environmental issues and emphasizes a systems approach to gaining a causal understanding of major environmental problems facing our society and the world at large. The uniqueness of the minor lies in its geographical perspective on the impact, at various geographical scales, of human activity on natural systems and on the implications of global environmental change on local, regional, and global human systems.

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): Geography 5 and one course from 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6. It is recommended that students take these courses before attempting upper-division courses.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): Three courses from the environmental studies cluster specified within the major and two geography courses from outside the environmental studies cluster.

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.