University of Colorado at Boulder

Minor & Certificates


Elizabeth Pike
Primary Undergraduate Advisor
303-492-3625 ENVD 155  
Leslie Yakubowski
Undergraduate Assistant
303-492-2631 GUGG 110  
Peter Blanken
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Certificate Programs

The department offers a certificate in hydrology and a certificate in GIS for undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Geography.  For those pursuing certification in Education, please know that the Colorado State Department of Education considers the geography major suitable for certification in social studies but not science.  You should work closely with an advisor in the School of Education. 

Other Certificates with Substantial Geography Coursework

Requirements for a Minor in Geography 

  • Participation in the minor program is optional on the part of the student. 
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken in the minor area, including a minimum of 9 upper division.
  • All course work applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. No pass/fail work may be applied. The grade point average of all minor degree course work must equal 2.00 (C) or higher.
  • Students pursuing an Individually Structured Major, or who are pursuing a major in Distributed Studies, will not be eligible to earn a minor.
  • Students will be allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours (including six 6 upper division) of transfer work toward a minor.
  • Students may earn no more than 2 minors. 
  • Course work applied toward a minor may also be applied toward general education (core/college list) and major requirements.

Areas of Concentration

No specific concentration is required. However, students who do wish to focus on one area of geography should see the following suggested course lists:

Physical Geography

Climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, arctic and alpine systems, hydrology, and global change

Human Geography

Population, political, urban, social, and cultural geography

Environment-Society Relations

Human dimensions of environmental change; natural resources; conservation behavior

Geographic Information Science

GIS, cartography, and remote sensing

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