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Student Learning Objectives Geography and Planning

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

  • An understanding of the complex spatial relationships, interactions, and processes within the cultural and natural environments of the Earth’s surface.
  • An understanding of geography’s distinctive disciplinary perspectives including concepts of place, location, region, and environment, along with exposure to the varied theoretical worlds of contemporary geography.
  • Proficiency in two or more of the basic analytic skills of cartography, remote sensing and image analysis, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems.
  • A demonstrated ability to apply geographical knowledge in either research or an internship.

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning

  • A knowledge of urbanism and urbanization as historic, geographic, social, and cultural processes.
  • An understanding of the historical development, contemporary condition, and environmental impact of US cities and metropolitan areas.
  • A comparative understanding of global patterns of urbanism and urbanization, stimulating global awareness and knowledge of the role of urbanization in global change.
  • An introduction to the principles, practices, and professional literature of urban planning, site planning, and urban design in the United States and other parts of the world.
  • Familiarity with some principal data sources in urban analysis and planning, such as Census data and other public and private data sources, maps, and codes.
  • A multidisciplinary understanding of urban related issues growing from exposure to the disciplines of Geography, Planning, and at least one cognate field.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis (Undergraduate Level).

  • Become familiar with fundamental principles of GIS and spatial analysis.
  • Develop a basic level of proficiency in each of the following:  cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analysis.
  • Gain knowledge of varied applications of these methods in fields such as environmental, urban, and land use analysis; planning; and resource applications.
  • Qualified students are encouraged to participate in a variety of internship and contract work experiences.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis (Graduate Level).

  • Develop their proficiency in each of the following:  cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analysis.
  • Gain knowledge of varied advanced applications of these methods in fields such as environmental, urban, and land use analysis; planning; and resource applications.
  • Qualified students are encouraged to participate in advanced internship and practical experiences, including contract work and independent projects.

Master of Arts in Geography

  • Knowledge of the historical development of geographic thought, of current themes and research frontiers in the discipline, and of contemporary geographic scholarship.
  • Proficiency in geographic applications of statistics, geographic information systems (GIS), and one or more programming languages.
  • Specialized knowledge in one of the areas of human geography, physical geography, or geographic information systems.
  • Research experience in their area of specialization.
  • Familiarity with geographic ideas and methods in practical applications.

Masters in Regional Planning (MRP)

  • Acquire knowledge of general planning history, principles, and practice.
  • Learn examples of planning processes and documents, and integrate tools and techniques used in plan making, plan implementation and plan evaluation.
  • Develop knowledge in one of several alternative fields of specialization.           
  • Develop effective research and writing skills, technical skills and proficiency in the most current planning support systems, including statistics, GIS, and other analytic and visualization tools.
  • Gain experience working in professional teams and with persons of different disciplinary background to better understand planning ethics, justice and equity, and the complexities of diverse populations.