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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, Department of

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Department Chair

Mark Drayse

Department Office/Website

Humanities 420A


John Carroll, Dydia De Lyser, Mark Drayse, James Miller, Zia Salim, Jon Taylor, Robert Voeks, Jindong Wu, Lei Xu


The Department of Geography provides students with a well-rounded education that bridges the social and natural sciences, and provides geotechnical training. Students take courses in human, environmental and physical geography. In addition, we offer applied courses in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and urban planning. The Geography degree prepares students for different career paths, including education, environmental analysis, government, planning, and resource management and conservation. We prepare students for critical challenges of the 21st century by promoting global understanding and environmental stewardship.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a B.A. in Geography are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Articulate the definitions of, connections between and differences among fundamental concepts, models and theories in geography
  • Identify and explain patterns and processes of human and physical geography, including the diversity of the earth’s peoples and environments, and the interactions between humanity and the earth’s environments
  • Apply mapping and geospatial technologies to analyze geographic data and solve geographic problems
  • Critically assess, interpret and analyze geographic research
  • Clearly and effectively communicate geographic knowledge and research in writing, orally and/or visually

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as GEOG in the class schedule.

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