GES Minor

GES Minor

GES Minor

The Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of GES course work, at least 9 of which must be upper-division (3000+ level) Additional hours may be required depending on the Directed Elective chosen. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.


  • GES 1000 Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation (4 credits) or GES 1010 Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils (4 credits)
  • GES 1980 World Regional Geography (4 credits) or GES 1990 Introduction to Human Geography (4 credits)

Complete one of the following three:

  • GES 2050 - Digital Earth (4 credits)
  • GES 3030 - Introduction to GIS (4 credits)
  • GES 3060 - Introduction to Remote Sensing (4 credits)

Complete 6 to 9 credit hours of upper-division (3000+ level) GES elective courses, depending on your choice of elective above.

About GES

GES features award-winning faculty with diverse interests that create high impact learning opportunities for students in inclusive, small group settings, both inside and outside the classroom. GES is one of UCCS’ ‘Unique and High-Need Programs.’

Are you interested in understanding social systems? Improving the environment? Making a difference? Working outdoors? Working with geospatial technologies? Armed with a degree in geography, you are prepared to make real-world impacts in meaningful ways. A geography degree instills diverse intellectual approaches for solving problems. In GES, you will explore a wide range of exciting, emerging, interdisciplinary fields. Geographers’ communications skills, ability to think spatially, and to understand how things are related, are highly marketable in a changing, complex, and connected world. The GES program reflects excellence that is rarely found in a regional state university setting.

GES offers undergraduate (BA) degree and a graduate (MA) degree in Applied Geography, minors in GES, Geology, and Sustainability, and undergraduate and graduate certificates in GIScience. For the MA program, GES graduate faculty offer a range of diverse research interests. Our faculty run four on-campus labs: Forest Hydrology, Geomorphology, Geospatial Technology, and Tree Ring.

Contact the GES Chair

Dr. David Havlick