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Environmental Sustainability Track

Environmental Sustainability focuses on interactions between biophysical systems, social systems, and human practices and the well-being and long-term survivability of each.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1101

English Composition 1

3
A2: MATH 1113

Precalculus

3
B2: XIDS 2002

(Recommended) First-Year Seminar

2
D1: GEOG 1112 + Lab

Weather and Climate

4
E2: HIST 2111 OR 2112

US History

3

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1102

English Composition 2

3
E3: POLS 1101

American Government

3
F: GEOG 1013

World Geography

3
D1: GEOG 1113 + Lab

Landform Geography

4
E1: HIST 1111 OR 1112

World History

3

15 Fall Credit Hours + 16 Spring Credit Hours = 31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
F: MATH 1401

Elementary Statistics

3
F: GEOG 2553

Intro to GIS and Mapping Sciences

3
F: GEOG 2202 + Lab

Environment Science

4
C1: Fine Arts 3
B1: Written and Oral Communication 3

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
F: GEOG 2083

Intro to Geographical Analysis

3
E4: Social Science 3
C2: Humanities 3
D2: Math, Science, and Technology 3

16 Fall Credit Hours + 12 Spring Credit Hours = 28 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
GEOG 3643

Urban Geography

3

GEOG 4553

Geographic Information System

4
GEOG 3405
Geographies of Sustainability
(Concentration Requirement)
3
Elective
3000/4000 level course
(Needs Advisor Approval)
3
Major Elective 3

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
GEOG 3800

Biogeography

3
GEOG 4083

Faculty-Mentored Research

3
Elective
3000/4000 level course
(Needs Advisor Approval)
3
Elective

3000/4000 level Elective course

3
Major Elective 3

16 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
GEOG 4700
Global Environmental Change
(Concentration Requirement)
3
GEOG 4084

Geography Capstone

3
Elective
3000/4000 level course
(Needs Advisor Approval)
3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
GEOG 4086
Internship
3
Elective
3000/4000 level Elective course
3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Crush Your Course

First Year: 

  • Take Geography core classes: GEOG 1112 + L, GEOG 1113 + L, and GEOG 1013.
  • Take A1 and A2 core courses, plus your choice of core area E and B.
  • Meet with your Geography mentor.

Middle Years: 

  • Complete Core Area F in sophomore year.
  • Complete GEOG 2083 in sophomore year.
  • Complete faculty mentored research GEOG 4083 in your junior year.
  • Take Geography Core courses when they are offered: GEOG 3643, 3800, 4553.
  • Establish your concentration and take required courses as they are offered.
  • Finish Core A-D.

Last Year:

  • Take capstone course, GEOG 4084.
  • Complete your research/internships.
  • Present your research at geography’s research night.
  • Finish your degree requirements.

Find Your Place

First Year: 

  • Meet Geography faculty and learn about their research, and scholarship opportunities.
  • Join a GIS and/or GTU club.
  • Connect with junior/senior/ geography students.

Middle Years: 

  • Get involved in research and pursue internship opportunities.
  • Volunteer for a leadership position in GIS and/or GTU club.
  • Become an active participant and volunteer in the classroom, lab, and field trips.
  • Attend a scientific conference.
  • Get involved in other clubs related to your professional interests.

Last Year: 

  • Become a Geography Ambassador.
  • Expand your professional network.
  • Apply for internships in local industries or apply to graduate programs.
  • Attend career fairs. Send your resume to one of our alumni.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

  • Learn to pay attention to and respect differing viewpoints and experiences in class.

Middle Years:

  • Dig deeper into study abroad opportunities.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Take part in cultural offerings on campus.

Last Year:

  • Do a study abroad.
  • Take some electives that fall outside your area or study.
  • Explore diversity and inclusion issues in your research and/or internship.

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Do volunteer work in your field.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.
  • Attend career fairs and events.
  • Attend UWG sponsored events offcampus.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

Careers

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