Geography Minor

Geography is a broad discipline that encompasses natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  The Geography minor complements most majors and offers a broad foundational background of knowledge about the world and spatial sciences. Students can either specialize in a particular area of geography such as environmental issues and sustainability or urban and cultural studies, or can further broaden their interests and perspectives by taking upper level geography courses in different areas of geography (e.g., physical, human, and GIS). We welcome students of any major who wish to expand their knowledge of the world, from the local area to the global perspective.

To earn a minor in geography a student must complete a minimum of 28 credits in geography (at least 12 credits of which must be taken in residence at Portland State University, and 16 of which must be upper division), to include the following:


GEOG 210 Physical Geography

GEOG 230 Environment & Society: Global Perspectives

GEOG 380U Maps & Geographic Information

Geography electives (upper division)

Total minimum required for geography minor

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

16 credits

28 credits

All courses used to satisfy the department minor requirements, whether taken in the department or elsewhere, must be graded C- or above.

Students should contact an undergraduate advisor with any questions about the geography minor.