Department Restructures Major Program

Department Restructures Major Program

Department restructures major program

The Geography and Sustainable Planning Department has restructured its major program in order to meet industry needs, and better equip students with the necessary skills to succeed in their careers.

Beginning in fall 2017, students can choose from one of three new emphases to accompany a bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree in geography. They are geospatial technology (computer cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing, imaging processing and GPS technology), urban and regional planning, and environment and global development.

Elena Lioubimtseva, department chair, said the changes were based on student surveys, recommendations from external program reviewers and local and national benchmarking.

"This change is in response to a higher demand for GIS specialists, urban planners and environmental professionals who have strong, often more quantitative, analytical skills specific to each of these three areas," Lioubimtseva said. "Prospective employers from all over the world are looking for students with specific, well-defined professional skill sets in addition to a broad liberal arts education."

The department held an open house March 13 to connect prospective students with faculty and advisors. A keynote presentation was given by Rachel Hood, former executive director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

In addition to dividing the program into three tracks, revisions are being made to many existing courses, and multiple new courses will be offered.

GVSU FORUM, March 27, 2017

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