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Geography

Students interested in geography may select from one of three concentrations described below.

The Environmental Hazards concentration examines the causes and impacts of both natural and anthropogenic hazards. Prevention or avoidance, mitigation, public policy, and legislation are studied in detail. Graduates of this concentration are well-prepared to work for local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as private environmental engineering firms.

The Geographic Information Analysis concentration develops expertise with geographic information technology: geographic information systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS), and remote sensing (imaging of the earth from aircraft and satellites). Students in this concentration develop skills in spatial analysis, environmental modeling, and computer programming.

The Global Environment and Development concentration focuses on understanding the evolving international arena through regional and thematic studies of economic interrelationships, geopolitical systems, and various cultural aspects associated with challenges of human society’s interactions with the natural environment.  This concentration prepares graduates for work in positions concerned with political, economic and health issues at the global scale as well as in other fields ranging from foreign service,  geography education,  local, state and federal agencies,  and private sector and  non-governmental organizations (NGOs).   

Are you interested in the geography program for a major or minor? Take time to set up an appointment to talk to an advisor.