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Program Goals

  1. Use of geographic techniques and tools
  2. Acquisition of content knowledge of the discipline
  3. Applications of geography to interpret the past, present or future and communicating results

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. View the world in spatial terms
  2. Apply geographic techniques and tools to study geospatial problems, including:
    • Review of the literature
    • Data acquisition (field observations, Internet databases, interviews)
    • Data analysis techniques (statistics, GIS, and qualitative)
    • Specialized tools (depends on area of study)
  3. Apply geospatial analysis tools in Geographic Information Systems and develop a GIS application, demonstrating:
    • Ability to identify a geospatial problem (depending on field of study)
    • Understanding of database management and updating relational databases
    • Understanding of spatial analysis tools in GIS
    • Ability to interpret results
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of essential content elements of geography including:
    • Places and regions
    • Physical systems
    • Human systems
    • Environment and society
  5. Apply their understanding of content knowledge (outcome #4) and use geographic techniques and tools (outcome #3) to interpret problems or issues of the past, present or future
  6. Communicate results through:
    • Written report (research paper)
    • Oral or poster presentation
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