Majors

Undergraduate Major Programs

The School of Geography and Development (SGD) offers five different degrees, including the B.S. in Urban & Regional Development, B.S. in Geography (with tracks in Physical Geography, Geographic Information Science, and Water, Land & Society), B.A. in Geography, and B.A. in Environmental Studies. Starting in Fall 2015, students can pursue an online Bachelor’s of Geographic Information Systems Technology. Enrollment will open soon.

 

B.A. in Geography
Geographers study the relationships between people and their environments.  They explore the environmental, social, political, and economic processes that shape places and how the places we create in turn shape our lives. Geography's interdisciplinary nature makes it indispensible for understanding the major challenges facing us in today's globalized world. Students may focus on specific world landscapes and cultures, or on areas such as urban, political, economic, or cultural geography, or on human-environment relations. Geography students learn to analyze data and policy in order to address and research critical questions about the world they live in. Internships are integral to the major, and credit can be earned for internships in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

B.S. in Geography
Geographers study the earth's features but with a strong appreciation for the human-environment relations that shape and are shaped by the distributions of these features across the landscape. Geography is an interdisciplinary field that connects ecological, atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic sciences to understanding the impacts of a dynamic and changing landscape on natural and human-dominated landscapes. Students may choose to focus on specific areas such as climate change, fire history, biogeography, arid lands, or other topics that bridge physical sciences.  Students learn to analyze data, use cartographic and geographic information systems, and work in the field and in remote-sensing laboratories. Internships are integral to the major and credit can be earned for internships in the public private and non-profit sectors.

B.S. in Urban and Regional Development
The urban and regional development major addresses questions of urban and regional growth, location of economic activity, land development, and real estate. Students learn to analyze data, use cartographic and geographic information systems, and work in the field and in remote-sensing laboratories. Internships are integral to the major. Course credit and on-the-job experience can be earned in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

B.A. in Environmental Studies
Geographers study place and the human-environment relations that shape and are shaped by the connections between these landscapes. Its interdisciplinary nature makes geography critical to understanding key issues, such as water and the environment, in today's globalized world.  To answer these questions, students explore techniques key to addressing the most pressing social science issues but have the freedom to explore physical science techniques to round out their experience. Internships are integral to the major and credit can be earned for internships in the public, private and non-private sectors

B.S. in GIST (online)
This degree is to offer courses in cutting edge geographic information science (GIS), and geographic information systems technology (GIST) to fill the growing worldwide demand for skilled geospatial professionals. The program is a series of modular, learner-centered and project-based courses that will train students in mathematical and computational thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communication. Upon graduation, students will also be technologically proficient in basic GIS programming, project management, spatial data integration and management, and the production of spatial-data visualizations for print, multi-media, and mobile environments.