Chico State

Geography and Planning

The geographer and the planner study how people create, interact with, change, and understand their physical and social spatial environments. Geography, is a major providing globalization to local knowledge, focused on building sustainable resilient communities and landscapes, and providing 21st century job skills. Geography, is something you DO, not something you know.

Given its emphasis on local to global literacy, sustainable development, environmental resources, and information technology, geography is a widely recognized growth field in the 21st century. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office the workforce of the future will need people who have geographic skills. Without knowledge of geography, employees might not grasp the forces behind economic, political, social and environmental changes. A great deal of what is going on in the world today—from understanding global terrorism to national economics—boils down to geographic understanding and analysis.

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Geography and Planning Department

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Butte Hall, Room 507

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