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Sustainability (Environmental Resource Management)

This program explores the relationship of societies to their resource base. It addresses issues of resource evaluation and management: the ways in which societies adjust to the opportunities and constraints of the natural environment, and the impacts of cultural practices and political processes on environmental change. The program is intended to provide the basic knowledge and skills required for advanced study and employment in environmental planning, resource management, and development.

Note: courses in brackets have been offered rarely (less than once every two years).

Students selecting this track must take at least one of the following courses:

  • GRG 304E Environmental Science: A Changing World
  • GRG 306C Conservation
  • GRG 331K Cultural Ecology
  • [GRG 334 Conservation, Resources, and Technology]
  • GRG 346 The Human Use of the Earth
  • [GRG 350D Political Ecology of Globalization and Environmental Degradation]

Students must take 9 additional semester hours of coursework from the above or following lists to complete the track:

  • GRG 309 (When topic is relevant to track)
  • GRG 319 Geography of Latin America
  • GRG 323K Geography of South America
  • [GRG 326K Feast or Famine? Food Supplies in a Crowded World]
  • GRG 333K Climate Change
  • GRG 334C Environmental Hazards
  • GRG 335N Landscape Ecology
  • [GRG 336C National Parks and Protected Areas]
  • [GRG 339C Principles of Enviornmental Conservation]
  • GRG 339K Environment, Development, and Food Production
  • GRG 342C Sustainable Development
  • GRG 344K Global Food, Farming and Hunger
  • GRG 356 Topics in Environmental Geography (when appropriate)
  • GRG 356T Topics in Geography (when appropriate)
  • [GRG 356C Geo-Archaeology and Environmental History]
  • GRG 357 Medical Geography
  • GRG 360G Environmental Geographic Information Systems
  • GRG 462K Introductory Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GRG 366C Comparative Ecosystems
  • [GRG 372K Proseminar in Environmental Geography]
  • [GRG 379L Practicum: Internships in Applied Geography (when appropriate)]

Students are urged to consider the departmental honors sequence (679HA/HB), which can be used to meet track or core requirements when pursued under the guidance of an appropriate faculty member.

Note: In addition to the above, all geography majors must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques.

Minors for Sustainability

Students in this track should consider minoring in anthropology, biology, economics, geology, government, or sociology. Students minoring in geology should see the recommended list of courses for this subject under the Earth Science track.

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