B.S. in Applied Geography

 Areas of Concentration 

The Environmental Analysis track offers studies in the physical processes associated with the environment and environmental sustainability in the face of today’s social and environmental challenges. Students will gain holistic insights into human-environment interaction issues such as natural resources and hazards, land-use/land-cover changes, water resources, climate change, spatiality of disease and epidemics, and environmental policy making. The track is grounded in theoretical basics as well as practical aspects of environmental analysis such as the application of Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing and spatial analysis. In general, a BS degree in this track prepares students for careers in environmental sciences in both public and private entities as well as a solid framework for basic and applied research in graduate school.

The Geospatial Technologies track is designed for students interested in learning how to visualize, measure, and analyze the earth’s physical and human landscapes, all in full color and at high resolution. The adoption of geospatial technology and methodology by most major scientific disciplines has provided a reliable decision making tool on matters of environmental sustainability. The track offers hands on courses in Remote Sensing, GIS and Public Health, GIS and Urban Demographics, Transportation GIS, and GIS and Water Resources using the Department’s state-of-the-art Geographic Information Science (GIScience) laboratory. In general, a BS degree in this track prepares students for careers in urban planning, environmental resource management, cartography, retail and real estate, health sciences, law enforcement, Emergency Management Services, and military intelligence.

The Urban Analysis track is for students who are interested in geographical studies of cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S. and worldwide. The track involves theoretical foundations as well as imparting skills in analysis of urban-related real world problems such as urbanization, urban transportation, suburban sprawl, sustainable urban development, segregation, poverty, and crime.  The course offerings include Economic Geography, Urbanism in the Global South, Transportation Geography, and GIS and Urban Demographic Analysis. In general, a BS degree in this track prepares students for careers in both private and public sector businesses and agencies involved in urban planning, transportation, economic development, urban community organization, as well as for graduate study in a variety of fields.    

The Human and Cultural Dynamics track is for students interested in how social and cultural forces shape space and place. The studies explore a wide range of topics through course offerings such as Geopolitics, Population Geography, Race and Place, Medical Geography, Globalization, and Food and Race. Students are expected to gain considerable insight into cultural diversity at national and global scales. In general, a BS degree in this track prepares students for exciting careers in government agencies, foreign policy think tanks, international business firms, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) as well as for graduate studies in a variety of fields.