Geography - Teaching

  • Minor

Geography and Planning offers students opportunities to find real solutions to complex environmental, economic, and social problems such as food and water security, sustainable economic growth, environmental justice, and climate change adaptations. Our flexible interdisciplinary programs provide courses of study focused on the environment, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, geospatial technologies (cartography, satellite remote sensing, and GIS), and global/regional analysis.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) are offered. Courses include research and conference opportunities. The following concentrations are available:

  • Geospatial technology
  • Sustainable development and global change
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Regional and global studies


Topical areas of study include:

  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Climate change
  • Global development
  • Sustainable urban and regional planning
  • Food and agriculture

Career Options

  • GIS and remote sensing expert
  • Urban planner
  • Environmental specialist
  • Regional intelligence analyst

Why Study Geography at Grand Valley?

  • Geographers are on the forefront of research on climate and land use change, as well as social and economic impacts of regional and global environmental change.
  • Majoring in geography gives students the knowledge to find long term, place based solutions that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
  • Planning is one of the top 10 hot jobs in the country.
  • Students acquire skills in research and analysis, leading to exciting, well-paid jobs both foreign and domestic, all while enhancing graduate school admissions.

Sustainability science reaches across many different disciplines... but geography comes closest to tying it all together. Geography is a core discipline of sustainability science. - George E. Clark Environment Magazine

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