Why Geography? Why Planning?
After entering the urban planning program I began to realize that today, good policies, practices, and design - when interwoven - are the strongest tools we have to implement change and affect the way we live.
- Kendall Gilbert, 2012 graduate
The Geography and Planning curriculum at GVSU integrates the natural and social sciences and geospatial technologies and offers students strong analytical and problem solving skills. Geography and Planning areas offer a wide range of opportunities to people with various interests and talents focusing on finding real solutions to complex environmental, economic and social problems and issues (such as food and water security, sustainable economic growth, environmental justice, climate change adaptations, etc.). Geographers and planners use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and computer cartography.
Our flexible interdisciplinary programs provide courses of study focused on the environment and sustainable development, urban and regional planning, geospatial technologies (cartography, satellite remote sensing, and GIS), and global and regional analysis.
The Geography and Planning Department offers the following programs:
- A major in Geography (B.S. and B.A.) with flexible concentrations in environmental geography, urban planning, geospatial technologies, and regional analysis.
- A minor in Urban and Regional Planning
- A minor in Geographical Techniques (GIS and remote sensing)
- A minor in geography - teacher certification
- A certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
- A certificate in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
Geographers and Planners play an active role in building sustainable futures, solving complex social, economic, environmental, and technological problems. It is not surprising that today geospatial technology is one of the fastest growing job markets in the United States and in the World.
To learn more about job titles of interest, visit the AAG Salary and Data Trends page.
Study abroad in the Netherlands with The Geography and Planning Department! Click here for more details!
GVSU students and Assistant Professor Dr. Patricia Houser talk about the study of Geography and Planning. Listen to WGVU here!
On October 31, 2014: 36 students came to GVSU for the annual GIS Day. Here are some pictures from the event!
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