Climate Change Mitigation Planning Degree


B.Sc. in Geography: Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Planning

The GVSU Geography and Sustainable Planning Department is pleased to announce the new emphasis in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Planning in geography BSc. degree.

Students graduating with emphasis in climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency planning will demonstrate mastery of principles of climate action planning, such as the greenhouse-gas emissions assessment and mitigation planning, climate impacts and vulnerability assessment, and community adaptation and resiliency planning. Geography majors graduating with this emphasis will demonstrate ability to integrate historical climate data and climate change scenario with information about city infrastructure, land-use, economic geography, and population demographics using geographic techniques and climate modeling. Attention is given to practical skills of climate preparedness planning, such as urban green and blue infrastructure, sustainable mobility, and community planning. 

New Section: Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GPY 100

Physical and Environmental Geography

3

GPY 200

Introduction to Computer Cartography

3

GPY 220

Cultural Geography

3

GPY 495

OR

GPY496

Senior Thesis

OR

Senior Field Research Project (capstone)

3

Emphasis Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GPY101

OR

GPY112

Sustainability and Place

OR

Global Climate Crisis

1

NRM 140 

OR

NRM 240

The Climatic Factor

OR

Principles of Climatology

4

GPY 209

Intro Urban and Regional Planning

3

GPY 310

Land-Use Planning

3

GPY/ ENS412 

Global Climate Change

3

Electives (9 Credits)

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

GPY 312

Environmental Planning

3

GPY 314

Land-Use and Planning Law

3

GPY 316

Transportation Planning

3

GPY 361

People, Environment, and Development in the Amazon

3

GPY 362

Farmers, Crops, and Our Challenging Agricultural World

3

GPY 363

World Forests and Their Use

3

GPY365

GIS for Economic and Business Decision Making

3

GPY370

Introduction to Remote Sensing

3

GPY 381

Urban Planning in the Netherlands 

3

GPY 385

GIS in Urban and Regional Analysis

3

GPY 407

Advanced GIS 

4

GPY410

Landscape Analysis and Green Infrastructure

3

GPY 470

Digital Image Processing

3


For more information about this program, email lioubime@gvsu.edu