Geography and Planning


Geography major wins conference paper competition

Geography major wins conference paper competition

Alyson Mabie, Geography and Planning major, presented her paper, “Claiming Turf: The Spatial Distribution of Th... more


Why Geography? Why Planning?

My success in the geography and planning department can be attributed to the individual attention each student is given in the program, the strong foundation of skill-building and research experience, the willingness of our professors to expose their students to activities, events, and people outside of the classroom, and the strong support network among peers, alumni, and professors.
- Kendall Gilbert, 2012 graduate


Geography is about understanding people and the environment, space, place, and patterns--and understanding processes over space and time. It is the most international area of study and the original "global study." Geographers study where phenomena are located, how they got there, where they are going in the future, and why.

The Geography major at GVSU is very research-oriented and provides the student with the hard skills and content knowledge necessary to get a well-paying and rewarding job with the B.S. degree. Our majors are very competitive for admission to graduate school and have a competitive edge for paid graduate research assistantships.

Urban Planning combines skills and content from geography and other physical and social sciences to develop policies and land use designs that help communities manage the built and natural environment.

Our planning courses explore "best practices" around the world in transportation infrastructure, main street revitalization, watershed protection, fair housing opportunities and more.

We welcome you to our program and invite you to come and visit

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