Program Learning Goals


General Student Learning Goals for Geography major:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of core geographic principles, concepts, models, and phenomena.
  • Students will demonstrate skills and competencies used to develop, analyze, and apply geographic theory, conduct geographic research, and communicate effectively appropriate for professional audiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and use spatial methods and techniques for problem-solving and decision-making in geography and planning.
  • Students will utilize geographic knowledge and spatial analytic skills to make the world a better place through engagement in public policy-making/discourse on social and environmental issues.

Additional Student Learning Goal for Emphasis areas:

Emphasis in Geospatial technology:

Students will demonstrate mastery of the core principles, techniques, and applications of GIS, remote sensing, and computer cartography.

Emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning:

Students will demonstrate mastery of key principles of design and policy in the field of urban planning including the historical roots of those principles and strategies for their implementation.

Emphasis in Environment and Global Development:

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of core geographic theory and techniques in problem solving and innovative approaches to environmental and international development issues (e.g. climate change mitigation and adaptations, food security,  and sustainable development.



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