Geography or Urban Planning (or both) as Your Major or Minor?
Geography is the scientific study of place, spatial relationships & human patterns (places, spaces, and faces).
Geography’s broad nature allows great flexibility so students can pursue diverse interests and our advantageous student-to-faculty ratios Geography provide students with small class sizes, individual advising and one-on-one mentorship.
Human geography: How did configurations of people, their employment, their identities, cultures, ages, etc.come into being in a particular place at a particular time, and how might they change in the future? An ever-growing social science that seeks to explain, understand, question, interpret, and sometimes propose improvements to the world and the people who live in it.
Physical geography: What are the biophysical processes that shape the different environments on the planet and how did they come to be? How are these processes changing over time due to biophysical and human influences and how do we measure and represent that change?
Urban Planning is a multidisciplinary field of study, incorporating many of the theories and techniques used in Geography, Sociology, Engineering, Political Science, and Design, that offers insight into the features, systems and concerns affecting growing, or shrinking, cities & suburbs. Cities & suburbs are home to over 80% of Americans and 53% of people world-wide. Urban areas are not just concentrations of people but also concentrations of wealth, power & opportunity. However, cities & suburbs face constant, and growing, issues such as traffic management and mass transit, the provision of affordable housing, crime rates, and racial tension, as well as renewable energy development, promotion of cultural diversity, and micro ecology movements.
Geography Faculty Advisors
Dr Heike Alberts
Dr Elizabeth Barron
Dr Mark Bowen
Dr Mamadou YS Coulibaly
Dr John Cross
Dr Colin Long (Dept Chair)
Dr Angela Subulwa
Dr Kazimierz Zaniewski
Urban Planning Faculty Advisor
Dr Edward Miller