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Semester Catalog Program (Begins in Fall Semester 2020) -- New BA Program

Our Bachelor of Arts in Geography helps students to gain a solid core education in the discipline of Geography.  It also allows students to explore the multitude of topics that geographers study.  This includes global and regional geography, environmental geography, and spatial techniques.  Under the guidance of our highly qualified group of faculty, students can explore topics such as (but not limited to) geomorphology, biogeography, social geography, economic geography, migrations and borderlands, geospatial analysis, and geographic information systems.

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 Quarter Catalog Program (Ends in Summer Session 2020)

Our B.A. in Geography, General Track covers a wide range of topics such as physical geography, mapping, GIS, remote sensing, regional studies, urbanization, and ecology. The broad and synthetic nature of this degree makes it ideal for a wide range of careers in our region and elsewhere.

Learn more about a B.A. in Geography - Geography Option

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Semester Catalog Program (Begins in Fall Semester 2020) -- New BA Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies promotes an understanding of globalization and its impact on human and physical landscapes.  As globalization has (re)created the spaces and places of the world, it is vital for students to understand the spatial dimension of globalization and its impact on individuals and communities around the world. Students will gain a better understanding of how the social, political, and economic realms of human life have been impacted by globalization. The program also explores how the interaction between the environment and humans has been and continues to be impacted by globalization.  Students will explore classes in a variety of disciplines including geography, environmental studies, world culture and language, political science, economics, anthropology, and many more.

Career pathways explored by this degree program include international development, jobs within the UN system, jobs in local, state and national agencies, and teaching and researching global issues in higher education.

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 Quarter Catalog Program (Ends in Summer Session 2020)

Our Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Global Studies Option addresses the importance of understanding the causes and consequences of globalization. It focuses on processes that determine characteristics and interactions within and between countries and/or global regions.

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Photo of Earth from space

 Semester Catalog Program (Begins in Fall Semester 2020) -- New BA Program

Beginning in Fall 2020 Semester, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Track A and Track B will be transformed into the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Environmental Sustainability (or) Environmental Systems.  

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary B.A. degree program that examines interactions of human society and nature through approaches of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Courses introduce foundation principles of ecology and environmental science in relation to issues of policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, and natural resources management.

The Environmental Sustainability Concentration focuses on the concept of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective. This concentration includes instruction in sustainable development, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city, and regional planning, economics, natural resource issues, sociology, and anthropology.  Career pathways explored by this concentration include the work of government agencies and non-governmental organizations, natural resource planners and managers, environmental regulators, K-12 educators, and advocates. This concentration is recommended for students that want a broad and flexible liberal arts program that allows them to follow diverse interests.

The Environmental Systems Concentration focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of environmental problems and solutions, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; physical interactions between human society and the natural environment; and approaches to natural resources management. This concentration provides a science-intensive background with instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, environmental health, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.  Career pathways explored by this concentration include the work of environmental specialists in consulting firms, governmental agencies that monitor and protect environmental quality, as well as in multiple fields of scientific research on human impacts on the environment.  This concentration is recommended for students preparing to pursue a graduate degree in the natural sciences or preparing for an environmentally related technical career.

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Quarter Catalog Program (Ends in Summer Session 2020)

Our Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Track A is a multi-disciplinary degree that integrates diverse perspectives of the natural sciences and social sciences to examine complex interactions of society and nature. Students explore a wide range of environmental fields and career options.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Track B is a more science-intensive degree oriented toward technical careers in environmental monitoring and consulting.

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Semester Catalog Program (Begins in Fall Semester 2020) -- New GIS Minor and GIS Certificate Programs

Beginning in Fall 2020, we will offer both a revised GIS certificate and a new Minor in Geographic Information Science.  Geographic information science (GISci) has been developing rapidly and increasingly become a vital part of academic research, government policy-making, and industrial applications. The minor in GISci is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts, theories, and cutting-edge technology in GIS and related disciplines. This minor is recommended for students to pursue a graduate degree in GIS and related disciplines.

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Learn more about the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Quarter Catalog Program (Ends in Summer Session 2020)

We offer a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our GIS certificate provides training in computer-based digital mapping, geospatial data analysis, and remote sensing techniques, from fundamental concepts to advanced applications, giving students technical and administrative skills needed in the job market.

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