Environment/Energy, Geography, BA

  • Students learn about water systems

    Combine Energy and the Environment for Career Options

    The Environment/Energy, Geography, BA degree prepares students for careers in environmental science and management as well as energy industries. The degree is also a good preparation for graduate study. After completing this degree, you’ll have many options as you choose your path in the job market.

    You’ll explore a range of topics covering both fields, such as:

    • Physical and human processes that shape the environment
    • Strategies and technologies for analyzing the environment
    • Developing programs to preserve/conserve environmental resources, promoting sustainability
    • Mitigation strategies for existing environmental problems
    • Regulatory and compliance systems for energy industries at the federal and state levels

    You’ll also study the scientific and technical aspects of geospatial techniques used in environmental and energy resource analyses and applications.

    Gain Expertise in Land, Water, and Energy Resources Management

    The knowledge and skills you’ll acquire will prepare you to analyze, manage, and understand land resources, water resources, energy resources, and habitats using industry-standard methods and technology.

    You will also have access to advanced equipment and technology such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones), the department's weather station, and global positioning systems (GPS) units and base station. Students also participate in campus student groups and projects that focus on local environmental issues.

    Students mastering the environmental knowledge and spatial techniques in this program will be well prepared for careers as environmental analysts/scientists, energy industry spatial analysts/environmental compliance specialists, environmental managers, or environmental engineering specialists.


    This 120-credit Geography major includes a 30-credit core and a 12+ credit specialization in Environment/Energy.

    Major Requirements

    • GEOG 213 Cartography and Map Design
    • GEOG 230 Cultural Geography
    • GEOG 231 Economic Geography
    • GEOG 316 Introduction to GIS
    • GEOG 341 Climatology
    • GEOG 342 Physiography
    • GEOG 411 History of Geography
    • GEOG 498 Research Seminar
    • RGPL 350 Introduction to Community Planning
    • One from: GEOG 251–257

    Environment/Energy Program Courses

    Four courses (12 credits) from the following:

    • GEOG 343 Fresh Water Resources
    • GEOG 345 Biogeography for Environmental Managers
    • GEOG 415 Intro. to Remote Sensing
    • GEOG 425 GPS Concepts and Techniques
    • GEOG 435 Geography of Energy
    • GEOG 440 Conservation: Environmental Analysis
    • GEOG 444 Energy Development and Compliance
    • GEOG 455 Advanced Remote Sensing