Geography is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving field that bridges the natural and social sciences. It is the spatial science focused on understanding where phenomena are located, how they got there, where they are going, and why. City and regional planning uses the tools, techniques, and strategies of land use planning and zoning, site plan review, and the law to develop public policy to efficiently, sustainably, and imaginatively manage our land use practices to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the public.
A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in geography are offered. Courses include research and conference opportunities. The following concentrations are available:
Topical areas of study include:
Our majors find meaningful and well-paid employment in a wide variety of fields. Moreover, they are very competitive for graduate school admission. Visit www.gvsu.edu/geography for details.
“I focused on acquiring expertise in geospatial technologies while in the department. Every job I had while in college was a result of my geography major. I worked for the Forest Service, the Community Research Institute and several other jobs before graduation. I was accepted into graduate school and have a paid research assistantship. The geography degree at GVSU is very focused on research and my work through projects, research methods, and the capstone has helped me land my spot in graduate school.”