Undergraduate

Catalog Description

Option in Human Geography and Planning

The Human geography and Planning Option emphasizes a broad liberal arts training in geography. At the same time, many students who choose this option will pursue a career in urban, county or rural planning.

Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activities are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business.

Access general Student Success Map for this option HERE for 4-year guidance.  Contact the Department Chair: Dr. Dean Fairbanks for general major advising.

Option in Physical and Environmental Geography

The Physical and Environmental Geography Option emphasizes the conceptual and analytical skills required for professional work in resource management and environmental impact analysis.

Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Access general Student Success Map for this option HERE for 4-year guidance.  Contact the Department Chair: Dr. Dean Fairbanks for general major advising.

Minor in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Minor provides interdisciplinary investigations into critical environmental issues.  The Minor is appropriate for all majors seeking to increase environmental literacy in their chosen fields. 

Minor in Geography

The Geography Minor is of value to students majoring in the sciences, recreation, economics, business, geology, social sciences, and to those seeking teaching credentials.

Minor in Planning and Development

The Minor in Planning and Development is attractive to students in public administration, political science, business, engineering, recreation, and economics who wish to pursue a career in planning.