What is Geography?
Geography is the scientific study of place, spatial relationships and location patterns. Geographers study the character of places and the interaction among them (examples include New York and New London, Maryland and Mongolia, Africa and Asia).
Geographers also examine
relationships across space: relationships between weather in eastern
Africa and turbulence above the Atlantic Ocean, big business and small
towns, the depth of mountainside snow and the growth of trees.
Geographers study location patterns like patterns in the spread of AIDS,
the expansion of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the invasion of exotic species such as
zebra mussel. Geography's broad nature allows students great
flexibility to pursue their interests. To all of these areas
geographers bring a common spatial, scientific perspective.
Geographers use a common set of tools that include maps and a new set of computerized tools. Remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and quantitative methods have increased the power of geographers to analyze vast amounts of digital information and have revolutionized the way many geographers do their work.
Skilled geographers are in high demand in a wide variety of fields including landuse planning, environmental management, industrial and business location, transportation, cartography and urban and regional planning. Our graduates have valuable skills and insights to offer employers, and they pursue exciting, important careers.
What is Urban Planning?
Urban Planning focuses on cities and suburbs. Cities and suburbs are home to nearly three-quarters of Americans. Urban areas are not just concentrations of people but also concentrations of wealth, power and opportunity. However, cities and suburbs also face great problems like traffic management and mass transit, the provision of affordable housing, persistently high crime rates and racial tension. Urban planning offers insight into the features, systems and problems of cities and the regions to which they are connected.