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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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Geography focuses on the spatial dimensions of human activities and their interactions with physical landscapes. The interrelationships between humans and their environments uniquely allow geographers to link the social and physical sciences. Geographers analyze information represented on maps, maps representing data produced in the traditional form (computer generated or drawn by hand) or images generated by satellites (remote sensing).


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


401 Braunstein
PO Box 21031
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0131
Nick Dunning
Phone: 513-556-3421

Student Success Factors

Students are successful when they have an interest in learning about and understanding (1) world events, (2) local events within cities, (3) the urban, global, economic, and political processes underlying world and local events, (4) human impact on the physical environment and (5) the skills necessary to process, display and analyze geographic information.

Career Possibilities

Geography provides a good educational background for students interested in a variety of careers in business, various government agencies (federal, state, county, city), non-profit agencies or careers as college and university professors. Geography provides strong preparation for professional and graduate schools (law, medicine, business, geography, or other physical or social sciences). Employment for students with strong geographic computer skills (GIS) is particularly strong. Examples of geography related jobs in various areas include:


  • Agency of Internal Development
  • Audobon Society
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of the Census
  • Cartographer
  • Geographic software programming
  • Housing and urban development
  • Market research
  • Sierra Club
  • Teaching
  • Travel industry

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Minor Details

Students minoring in geography choose a concentration in one of the following: human geography, urban and economic geography, environmental geography, regional geography or geographic information systems (GIS).


These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Geography Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Geography Minor Requirements
    • GEOG1001, Introduction to Physical Geography, SE, NS, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOGxxxx, One course from Regional Geography group below, 3
    • GEOGxxxx, One course from Geographic Techniques group below, 3
    • GEOGxxxx, Courses at 3000 level and above, 9
    Regional Geography
    • GEOG1021, World Regional Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2003, Greater Cincinnati Regional Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2004, Geography of Ohio, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2011, Geography of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2016, Geography of Europe, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2023, The Geography of NAFTA Nations, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2025, The Geography of Africa, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2026, Geography of Asia, SS, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2036, Geography of Southern Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2037, Geography of China, DC, SS, 3
    Spatial Techniques
    • GEOG5171C, Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences, 3
    • GEOG5174, Computer Analytical Cartography, 3
    • GEOG5175C, Quantitative Geography and Spatial Statistics I, 3
    • GEOG5176C, Principles of Remote Sensing, 3
    • GEOG6071C, Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences, 3
    • GEOG6074, Computer Analytical Cartography, 3
    • GEOG6075C, Quantitative Geography and Spatial Statistics I, 3
    • GEOG6076C, Principles of Remote Sensing, 3
    Environmental Geography Focus
    • GEOG2061, People and Environment I: Population and World Hunger, SE, NS, 3
    • GEOG2062, People and Environment II: Water, Energy, and Resources, SE, NS, 3
    • GEOG3031, Elements of Climatology, 3
    • GEOG3032, Landscapes and Landforms, 3
    • GEOG3033, Advanced Environmental Geography, 3
    • GEOG3099, Atmosphere and Climate, 3
    • GEOG5149, Geography of Wine, 3
    • GEOG5154, Soils, 3
    • GEOG5155, Approaches to Past Landscapes, 3
    Human (Urban/Economic) Focus
    • GEOG3038, Social Life, Place and Culture, 3
    • GEOG3039, Geography of Religion, 3
    • GEOG3041, Economic Geography, 3
    • GEOG3047, Political Geography, 3
    • GEOG4045, Introduction to Urban Geography, 3
    • GEOG4050, Population Geography, 3
    • GEOG5009, History and Philosophy of Geography, 3
    • GEOG5139, Geography of Religion and Belief Systems, 3
    • GEOG5141, Contemporary Issues in Economic Geography, 3
    • GEOG5151, Urban Habitat, 3
    • GEOG5161, Global Cities, 3
    • GEOG5163, Urban Problems, 3
    • GEOG6045, Contemporary Urban Geography, 3
    GIS/Remote Sensing Focus
    • GEOG5121, Crime Mapping and Analysis, 3
    • GEOG5131, GIS and Public Health, 3
    • GEOG5181C, Intermediate GIS, 3
    • GEOG5186C, Intermediate Remote Sensing, 3
    • GEOG5189C, Digital terrain and watershed analysis, 3
    • GEOG5191C, Advanced GIS & Web GIS, 3
    • GEOG5196C, Advanced Remote Sensing & Image Analysis, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 faculty-student ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies, and a highly successful First Year Experience Program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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