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Overview

The study of the physical sciences requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Gain a strong background in the earth sciences.
  • Gain knowledge and skills for communicating the relevance of Earth systems science.
  • Apply knowledge of geoscience to other academic and professional fields.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Geography Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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Required Core Courses (9 credits)

Three required core courses give students a foundation in the principles of physical and human geography, and introduce students to spatial analysis technologies and tools of Geographic Information Systems. 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
GEO-150Physical Geography3 credits
ENV-151Introduction to Human Geography3 credits
ENV-350Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)2 credits
ENV-350LIntroduction to Geographic InformationSystem Lab1 credits

Take ONE laboratory course (4 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENV-161Environmental Systems Science
ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab
GEO-101Physical Geology3 credits
GEO-101LPhysical Geology Lab1 credits
BIO-140Idaho Natural History3 credits
BIO-140LIdaho Natural History Lab1 credits

Take ONE additional upper division elective course (3 credits)

The following four upper division elective options provide depth in geographic topics. 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENV-357Applied Cartography3 credits
GEO-310Earth's Dynamic Climate System3 credits
GEO-320Watershed Hydrology3 credits
ENV-330Working Landscapes and Global Climate3 credits

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Geosciences Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

13-17 credits

Minor Requirements

Minor core requirements. Complete TWO of the following (7-8 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
GEO-101Physical Geology3 credits
GEO-101LPhysical Geology Lab1 credits
GEO-150Physical Geography3 credits
ENV-161Environmental Systems Science
ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab

Complete TWO of the following (6-8 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
GEO-310Earth's Dynamic Climate System3 credits
GEO-320Watershed Hydrology3 credits
ENV-350Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)2 credits
ENV-350LIntroduction to Geographic InformationSystem Lab1 credits
 
PHY-231General Physics I3 credits
PHY-231LGeneral Physics I Lab1 credits
or
PHY-271Analytical Physics I4 credits
PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab1 credits

Complete one Mathematics course (3-4 credits):

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125, MAT-150, or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.
Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics3 credits
or
MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach4 credits
or
MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis3 credits

Professor and students doing field research

Off the GridYotes do backcountry research

C of I Professor Jaime Goode took two students along for a hands-on summer research adventure deep in Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.