Geography and Planning

Why Geography? Why Planning?

Peter Harnik, Director of the Center for City Park Excellence in Washington, D.C. said that it was my research that really distinguished me from the other candidates. I owe a huge thanks to the Department of Geography and Planning for not only teaching me what good research is but for enabling and encouraging me to complete some really high quality work.
- Kyle Barnhart (2014)

 

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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