Contact:
Dr. Jeffrey VanDenBerg
Chair of Political Science & Geography
Professor of Political Science
Office: (417) 873-6947
jvandenb@drury.edu


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Geography Minor

The study of geography focuses on the relationship of people to their physical, economic, political and cultural environments. The geography minor complements any of the natural, behavioral and social sciences, and the humanities. Career opportunities for students with geography training include resource management and conservation, education, city and county planning, travel and tourism, and international business.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Day school students are not allowed to register for online and CCPS courses during the fall and spring semesters. 

GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I
GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II
GEOG 200: Environmental Geoscience
GEOG 361: Field Studies in Geography
GEOG 413: Resource Management and Planning

Choose one course from the following:
ENVR 312: Advanced Ecology
GEOG 210: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
GEOG 223: Introduction to Meteorology
GEOG 340: Geography of Food, Agriculture and the Environment
GEOG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

Selected topics should be confirmed with the chair of the geography program for consideration as credit.


Course Descriptions

GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I. 3 hours.
Introduction to culture, natural resources and modern geographical problems facing the realms of the Americas, Europe and Southwest Asia/North Africa.

GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II. 3 hours.
Examination of the characteristics and contemporary issues facing the realms of South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific Nations.

GEOG 200: Environmental Geoscience. 4 hours.
A study of the interrelationship between humans and the physical environment. The course will focus on natural resources, soils, hydrology and water supplies, erosional processes, karst landscapes, land-use planning and geologic map interpretation. Includes laboratory. Field work required. Same as ENVR 200, PHYS 200.

GEOG 210: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  ENVR 170 or BIOL 171
This course will provide students with a working knowledge of geographic data, data input, data models, spatial analysis, output and the uses of graphic information systems (GIS) in socio-economic and environmental studies.  The course utilizes ArGIS software.  Course fee required. Same as ENVR 210, PHYS 210.

GEOG 223: Introduction to Meteorology. 4 hours. 
This course explores the processes that produce weather and climate patterns. Topics of study include earth/sun relationships, global pressure and wind systems, weather forecasting, severe storms and global climate change. Same as ENVR 223.

GEOG 340: Geography of Food, Agriculture and the Environment. 3 hours.
Humans use more of our planet’s surface for food production than for any other use.  The oceans also serve as a primary food source.  This class explores how crops and food specialties have developed around the world.  The primary goal of this course it to examine the environmental problems that result from food production and to explore more sustainable options for agriculture, fisheries and wild lands.  The course will include a field trip to a sustainable farm and meetings with federal agricultural professionals.  An additional goal is to gain an appreciation of the regional differences in food by sampling examples of world cuisine.  Same as ENVR 340.

GEOG 361: Field Studies in Geography. 3 hours.
Work for this course will involve field research to explain cultural or physical geographic processes and to describe the relationship between people and their environment.

GEOG 413: Resource Management and Planning. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  ENVR 312 or GEOG 361.
This is a seminar and field course that is designed to provide students with a capstone experience to prepare them for a career or for graduate school.  This course builds on foundational courses in geography and environmental studies and places students in hands-on planning and environmental projects.  Examples of projects include water quality testing and analysis, land use planning, restoration ecology and wildlife conservation.  Projects will be completed in coordination with local, state or federal agencies, private agencies and/or nonprofit agencies.  Students will publish and present their findings in a public setting. Same as ENVR 413.

GEOG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics.