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All Geography majors are required to select one of four concentrations in a geographic subfield. The objective of the concentration is to provide a focus on study and experience within the Geography major. There are four concentrations from which to choose:
Geographic Information Systems and Analysis (GISA)
The GISA concentration gives students majoring in Geography a firm understanding of the theory and practice of GIS and other spatial analytical techniques. Students develop an understanding of geographic concepts and systematic approaches through completing the Department’s standard lower division, core, and breadth coursework. Upper-division coursework ground students in basic GIS concepts, and allow them to choose from electives that equip them with more specific analyses and output skills.
The Human Concentration gives students a broad, well-rounded understanding of the discipline of geography within the context of the social and human spheres of influence and interactions, and serves as an ideal basis of further graduate work.
Metropolitan Area Planning
Students choosing this path will develop expertise in planning and development in metropolitan regions, working closely with various experts in the field through coursework and internships. A broad array of planning courses are offered in the Department by several faculty with expertise in the planning field.
Students choosing this path will develop an intellectual foundation in the physical landscapes of Earth and interactions with people. Climate, weather, landforms, and the geographic patterns of life on earth are points of focus in the Physical Concentration. The Paleoecology Lab provides opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in physical geography field and laboratory techniques.