A minor in geography is a natural complement to an array of careers, including engineering, government and international politics, environmental science, transportation, business, marketing, and public health. Any Mason undergraduate student is eligible to earn a minor in geography by completing 15-16 credits as outlined in the Requirements tab above; many qualifying courses also fulfill Mason Core requirements.

If desired, this minor can be pursued fully online; details can be found with Mason Online


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: GEOG

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15-16

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

GGS 102Physical Geography (Mason Core)3-4
or GGS 121 Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)
or GGS 122 Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere
GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core)3
or GGS 103 Human Geography (Mason Core)
Total Credits6-7

Systematic and Regional Requirement

Select one course in systematic geography and one course in regional geography:6
Systematic Geography:
Political Geography (Mason Core)
Global Environmental Hazards
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Physical Climatology
Severe and Extreme Weather
Health Geography
Military Geography
Urban Planning
Regional Geography:
Geography of the United States
Geography of Latin America
Geography of China (Mason Core)
Geography of Europe
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of Eastern Europe and Russia
Issues in Regional Geography
Geography of Virginia
Total Credits6

Upper-level Electives

One upper-level GGS elective3
Total Credits3