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Geography and Urban Planning

Geography is the scientific study of spatial relationships and patterns in both human and physical worlds and how those patterns affect each other. Geography incorporates ideas from the social sciences and the natural sciences; from ecosystems to computer science, from digging up soil cores to interviewing immigrants. This broad focus allows students to pursue diverse interests within the field.

Human geography: How did configurations of people, their employment, their identities, cultures and ages 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? 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, Public Administration, Engineering, Political Science, and Design, that offers insight into the features, systems and concerns affecting changing urban environments. Cities and suburbs are home to over 80% of Americans and 53% of people world-wide. Urban areas are not just concentrations of people but concentrations of power & opportunity. Planners address changes in 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. IMPORTANT: At this time we are not accepting new students into the Urban Planning Program.

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Geography Faculty Advisors

Dr Heike Alberts

Dr Elizabeth Barron

Dr Mark Bowen

Dr Mamadou YS Coulibaly

Dr John Cross

Dr Colin Long 

Dr Angela Subulwa (Dept Chair)

Dr Kazimierz Zaniewski

Urban Planning Faculty Advisor

Dr Edward Miller

Contact Geography

Sage Hall 4461

835 High Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901 

(920) 424 - 4105 

Fax: (920) 424 - 0292 


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