Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

Geography - Urban Planning and Sustainability Minor

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Minor code OR4242

College of Arts and Sciences  
Geography Department 
N378 Lindley Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1140

Edna Wangui, Chair
Yeong Kim, contact person

Program Overview

Geography bridges the natural and social sciences. Geographers focus on spatial patterns to study physical and cultural environments and how people interact with those environments. Geography is important to humanity because most of the world’s problems require deep understanding of the interdependence between human activities and the natural world. Geographic theories and methods provide students with fundamental analytical skills relevant to any occupation focused on solving social and environmental problems. Reflecting the diversity and breadth of geography, the department of Geography offers nine majors to help students specialize in a subfield of their choice.

The Geography - Urban Planning and Sustainability minor will provide students with a basic understanding of urban environments and how communities can support the three main components of sustainability: environmental quality, economic development, and social equity. The minor is open to all undergraduates except those majoring in Geography.

The Geography Department at Ohio University is committed to excellence in both teaching and advising. Several of our faculty members have received teaching awards. We are known across campus for the highest quality of student advising. As a geography major, you will meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor every semester during advising week, and you are always welcome to talk with your advisor at any time throughout the semester whenever questions may arise. In addition to advising our students about their academic programs, we provide timely information about internships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities as they arise. Many of our students complete internship and several of our students have received nationally competitive awards.

For more information about our program, please view this video, visit our website, or reach out to the faculty contact person, whose information is listed above.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

Available to students who are not majoring in Geography

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

This minor will provide students with additional training that will enhance core training within their specific disciplines. This additional training prepares them for a variety of jobs ranging from public policy and management to corporate responsibility.


Minor Hours Requirement

The urban planning and sustainability minor requires a minimum of 18 hours.

Foundation Course

Complete the following course:

Core Requirements

Complete three of the following courses:


Complete two of the following courses:
(Note: courses used to complete core requirements cannot also be used as electives) 

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