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Academic Programs


The department offers two categories of bachelor's degree. Our BA degrees are targeted toward students who are either planning to become elementary teachers, or those who want to pursue careers or graduate school in international development. The BS degree programs are targeted towards students interested in environmental and urban planning careers or graduate programs, with a stronger focus on physical geography and geospatial techniques. In addition, we offer a minor in Geography and coordinate interdisciplinary minors in GIS and also Urban Planning.

Undergraduate:

Major Learning Outcomes

Goal I: Use of geographic techniques and tools

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to view the world in spatial terms.

Upon completion of the program in Geography, students will be able to 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)

Upon completion of the program in Geography, students will be able to 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

Goal II: Acquisition of Content Knowledge of the Discipline

Upon completion of the program in Geography, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the essential content elements of Geography including:

  • Places and regions
  • Physical systems
  • Human systems
  • Environment and society

Goal III: Applications of Geography to interpret the past, present, or future and communicate results

Upon completion of the program in Geography, students will be able to 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.

Upon completion of the program in Geography, students will be able to communicate results through:

  • Written report (research paper)
  • Oral or poster presentation