The Geography Program, which is housed in the Earth Sciences Department, covers physical earth systems (land, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere) and human systems (economic, political and cultural), and the interactions among these in the terrestrial environment. As such, it is an integrative curriculum providing the opportunity to study basic relationships in real space.
The Geography Program explores the techniques and the physical and human aspects of the field. Students develop analytic, systematic and synthetic capabilities to perform independent or directed research of particular geographic problems and situations. To accomplish this, students have available a wide variety of courses from geography and related fields.
The Earth Sciences Department has a map library containing both conventional maps and remote sensing imagery. It is equipped with a photographic dark room and a variety of advanced instruments for data gathering and analysis. The faculty possesses special expertise in meteorology, climatology, micro-climates, geomorphic and seismic hazards, energy, transportation and land use, demography, economic, political and historical geography. The small size and broad expertise of the faculty provides an unusual opportunity for undergraduate students to work closely with their professors. The involvement of faculty members in applied situations, both in community and advisory capacities and in professional consultation, provides an excellent opportunity for advanced students to get "hands on" paraprofessional experience.
For high school students, the best preparation for the Geography Major is a well-rounded program of high school courses in humanities, social sciences, science, mathematics, and written and oral communication skills. This background should prepare students in both analytical and integrative skills.
Community college transfer students should have completed an introductory physical and a human/cultural geography course or a year-long integrated course in regional geography. Introductory courses in physical, biological and social sciences are recommended.
The Geography Major is specifically designed to prepare students for a wide range of employment opportunities and graduate programs. Career opportunities exist in such applied areas as meteorology, climatology and hydrology, remote sensing, cartography, environmental planning, energy management and distribution; urban and regional planning, economic location, and transportation, as well as teaching and academic research.
Students may prepare for a career in teaching Social Science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential. As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in Social Science have changed recently, interested students should consult the departmentally designated advisor for current information.
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