May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Geography and Environmental Planning, B.A.

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Geographers and environmental professionals solve complex social and environmental problems. They use critical thinking, analytical tools, and advanced technologies to understand human-environment interactions, place and culture, and spatial relationships. The ability to think creatively and critically positions our graduates for fast-growing careers in conservation and natural resources, environmental justice and advocacy, environmental health, environmental regulation and enforcement, recreation, community planning, international development, mapping, and geospatial technologies, and many other fields.

Students pursue personal and professional interests by following paths in geography or environmental policy and planning. In each path, there are opportunities to develop expertise in one of several possible thematic concentrations. Students engage in hands-on research projects and work side by side with faculty in the field and GIS lab on real-world issues and solutions-both local and global. Students also join a larger professional community by presenting their research at campus-wide events and regional and national conferences.

Total Major Requirements According to Path

Choose Geography or Environmental Policy and Planning path:

Geography Path 31 - 32 Credits

 (*available through both online and face-to-face learning options)

Geospatial Technology/Mapping


Students work with advisors to choose 3 courses from options below or design their own concentration.

Environmental Policy and Planning Path 44 - 47 Credits


Students work with advisors to choose 3 courses from the options below or design their own concentration.

Other Requirements

General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements  in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Minimum Total Credits for The Degree: 120

Learning Goals and Assessment

Learning Goals:

  • Students will demonstrate integrative understanding of social, cultural and human-environmental systems that combines insights from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Students will become critical thinkers, handle complexity, and appreciate difference (e.g., spatial, cultural, class, gender, sexual, ethnic, and racial).
  • Students will demonstrate readiness for postgraduate careers and education.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think and read critically and analytically.
  • Students will show proficiency in effective writing to support and critique multiple viewpoints.
  • Students will exhibit competence in the interpretation of visual texts, media, quantitative data, maps, and landscapes.
  • Students will show capacity for conceptualizing social and environmental processes going on at various scales, seeing themselves in relation to and acting on local-to-global dynamics.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to connect theoretical frameworks to real world, hands-on problems.
  • Students will present their work effectively to various audiences in written, oral and graphical modes.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits and all requirements for this specific program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.

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