Why study geography?

We offer an undergraduate minor with two options, which augment other fields of study and broaden career opportunities: General Geography or Geographical Information Science (GIS). A minor in Atmospheric Science is also available from the Department. You should carefully consider which minor best meets your academic goals before choosing one.

Minor in Geography - General Geography Option:

Students take 18 hours of Geography courses with at least 12 hours from courses numbered 300 or above. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in courses taken for the minor.  

Minor in Geography - Geographic Information Science (GIS) Option:
The minor requires GEOG 111, GEOG 316, and GEOG 358. Three additional courses from the geographic information science group (at 300 or above), and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the courses taken for the minor.

Requirements for the Minor in Geography

The department offers 2 minor options. The first is a general minor in geography. The second is specifically designed to give students a background in geoinformatics. Students should carefully consider which minor best meets their academic goals before choosing one.

Geography General Option

Students selecting this minor must complete 6 GEOG courses (18 hours), 12 hours of which must be taken at the 300 level or above.


Maps and Mapping/computers, Maps, and Geographical Analysis. Satisfied by:
GEOG 111Mapping Our Changing World4
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data. Satisfied by:
GEOG 316Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data4
Principles of Geographic Information Systems. Satisfied by:
GEOG 358Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
Three additional courses from Geoinformatics group 300-level or above from the list below:
GEOG 311Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization4
GEOG 319Topics in Techniques: _____1-3
GEOG 360Computer Programming for Mapping and Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 458Geographical Information Systems: _____1-6
GEOG 512Advanced Cartography and Geovisualization4
GEOG 516Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography3
GEOG 526Remote Sensing of Environment I4
GEOG 528Spatial Databases3
GEOG 558Intermediate Geographical Information Systems4
GEOG 560GIS Application Programming3
GEOG 648Location Modeling3
GEOG 658Topics in Geospatial Technologies: _____1-6
GEOG 711Advanced Topics in Geovisualization: _____4
GEOG 716Advanced Geostatistics3
GEOG 726Remote Sensing of Environment II4
GEOG 758Geographic Information Science3

Geography Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 21 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.