The Geography and Planning curriculum at GVSU integrates the natural and social sciences and geospatial technologies and offers students strong analytical and problem solving skills. Geography and Planning areas offer a wide range of opportunities to people with various interests and talents focusing on finding real solutions to complex environmental, economic and social problems and issues (such as food and water security, sustainable economic growth, environmental justice, climate change adaptations, etc.). Geographers and planners use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and computer cartography.
Our flexible interdisciplinary programs provide courses of study focused on the environment and sustainable development, urban and regional planning, geospatial technologies (cartography, satellite remote sensing, and GIS), and global and regional analysis.
The Geography and Planning Department offers the following programs:
- A major in Geography (B.S. and B.A.) with flexible concentrations in environmental geography, urban planning, geospatial technologies, and regional analysis.
- A minor in Urban and Regional Planning
- A minor in Geographical Techniques (GIS and remote sensing)
- A minor in Geography - Teacher Certification
- A certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
- A certificate in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
The Department of Geography and Planning invites you to a reception for the photo exhibit:
Different Waters: Thirty Years in the Amazon
Come join us for a reception for Professor Jim Penn’s wall of photographs in Lake Ontario Hall. The colorful and informative display is a collection of photographs and observations on his many years of volunteer and professional work in Amazonia.
To learn more about the exhibit click here.
Tuesday, December 1st 167 Lake Ontario Hall 4:30 to 6:30pm
Light refreshments and food will be served
All faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome!
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The Department of Geography and Planning invites you to a reception for the photo exhibit: Different Waters: Thirty Years in the Amazon Come join us for a reception for Professor Jim Penn’s...