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The department of Geography and Sustainable Planning offers students the 21st century skillsets helping to solve complex environmental, economic and social problems such as food and water security, sustainable economic growth, environmental justice, and climate change adaptations.

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Program Overview

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) are offered. Courses include research and community engagement opportunities. In addition to the general geography degree, there are four distinctive areas of emphasis:

  • Climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency planning
  • Environment and global development
  • Geospatial technology
  • Urban and regional planning

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.
  • The 2016 median pay for a geographer with bachelor's degree was $74,260 per year and $35.70 per hour.

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For More Information

Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning
B-4-105 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3065

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Topical areas of study include:

  • Agroecosystems
  • Environmental planning
  • Globalization
  • Land-use and transportation planning
  • Climate change
  • Geospatial technology: GIS, cartography, remote sensing
  • Sustainability
  • Urban and regional planning

Career Options

Our alumni have successful careers, such as:

  • Senior GIS analyst
  • City planner
  • Senior business strategist
  • GIS program director
  • Transportation planner