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
Meet Professor Elena Lioubimtseva, Geography and Planning Department Chair
Location: Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Grand Valley State University. Exhibit on display through December 18, 2015.
Description: Experience a land of rivers remarkably different from Western Michigan.
Over the past thirty years, GVSU professor Dr. Jim Penn has repeatedly traveled to the Loreto Region of Peru, South America, participating in programs ranging from wildlife research and natural resource management to community development, healthcare, and human rights work.
Located inland of the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, the Loreto Region covers one third of the landmass of Peru. This dense jungle region stands in vivid contrast to the typical images of Peru featuring the citadel of Machu Picchu, indigenous people of the Andes, and their ubiquitous llamas. The Loreto Region is a key part of the vast intertwining network of tributaries that combine to form the headwaters of the Amazon River.
Penn’s experiences form the basis of Different Waters: Thirty Years in the Western Amazon; a dramatic collection of photographs and pointed observations documenting the struggles, turmoil, growth, and changes in this risky world of ever-moving water.
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.
Alyson Mabie, Geography and Planning major, presented her paper, "Claiming Turf: The Spatial Distribution of Three Discrete Types of Graffiti/Street Art in Southeast Grand Rapids, Michigan,".
Yulia Conley recently won the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Memorial Scholarship. The amount of the award is $1000. The MAP Memorial scholarship is a very competitive award: four students won the award in Michigan; Ms. Conley was the only u
Brittany worked with Dr. Alan Steinman's lab on Project Clarity; a project whose goal is restoration of water quality in Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa watershed.
Study abroad with The Geography and Planning Department! Click here for more details!
ELDAAG Meeting 2015 - October 9-10, in Kent, Ohio Call for Papers The East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers will hold its annual conference at the Kent State University...
Interested in cities? Would like to know, what makes some of them amazing places for living and others not so much? Would you want to learn more about transit, public spaces and sustainable developments...
A group that will help maintain and lobby for our Ravine Trail System at GVSU. Meetings will be biweekly. Mondays at 3 PM in MAK B-4-106.