Geography (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Who to Contact

Dept of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences
Dr. Dale Springer, Chair
Cheryl Robbins, Secretary
127 Hartline Science Center
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: 570-389-4108

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Designed for students with strong analytical skills interested in spatial relationships, statistics and the where and why of people-land relationships, Geography offers three options of study that provide the education necessary for a wide range of careers in government, industry and business. Computer skills are important for this fast-paced, challenging program.

In addition to the popular Urban/Regional Planning and Environmental Planning, a general geography option allows students considerable flexibility in tailoring a program of study to meet individual needs.

Urban/Regional and Environmental Planning programs culminate in major internships that have won praise from agencies and companies working with Bloomsburg University and very frequently lead directly to career opportunities upon graduation. Geography majors are found planning the future in environmental, community, transportation and industrial areas.

The geography faculty strives to foster a spirit of learning, inquiry and curiosity among students culminating in the strengthening of their intellectual achievements. Students are provided with the necessary problem-solving skills that will contribute to their success in a rapidly changing world. These problem-solving skills are presented within the context of professional, social and ethical responsibilities. The geography program, moreover, emphasizes regional, national and global, as well as environmental, concerns.

The programs in Urban/Regional Planning and Environmental Planning are aimed at providing majors with a broad based background in the planning field that will qualify them to obtain entry-level positions in the public and private sectors or prepare them for entry into graduate programs in planning.

These programs include the incorporation of interdisciplinary courses that are vital to this broad-based preparation. In addition the academic program plays a major role in preparing the students for a required internship that provides practical experience in dealing with diverse planning activities.

General option

General option students begin with courses in world physical and cultural geography, economic geography, map skills, techniques of geographic measurement and a seminar in geography. All students must complete general education requirements, and your adviser will help guide you to a series of courses to support your interests and career goals.

Then you'll work with your adviser to choose elective courses from several broad areas of study. These include weather and climate, soil resources management, elements of planning, population and urban geography, geography of the United States and Canada, Austrailia, South Asia or other regions, envronmental issues and choices, environmental conservation, water and land resources management, environmental valuation, geography of recreation, tourism and sport, environmental risks and hazards, applied cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing of the earth. There are also internship opportunities.

Urban Planning option

In addition to general education requirements of the university, you'll begin with world physical geography, economic geography, two courses in planning, an internship in planning and an applied planning seminar. Then you'll choose elective courses from environmental conservation, land resources management, environmental valuation, geography of recreation, tourism and sport, urban geography and environmental geology.

You'll also take courses in writing for environmental careers, public speaking and statistics, and choose additional electives from map skills, applied cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing of the earth. You'll also be able to study economics, urban economics, public finance, federal, state and local government, public personnel administration and public policy, as well as sociology, contemporary social problems, urban sociology, the sociology of community and social service planning.

Environmental Planning option

In this option, you'll study world physical geography, environmental issues and choices, elements of planning, environmental conservation, water resources management, land resources management, advanced planning, and have an internship opportunity in planning. You'll work with your adviser to organize general education requirements courses to meet your specific interests and career goals.

These will include writing for environmental careers, public speaking, state and local government, statistics and United States government.

You'll then choose from such elective courses as soil resources mangement, environmental valuation, geography of recreation, tourism and sport, environmental risks and hazards, environmental geology and hydrology. You can also study map skills and applied cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing of the earth.

Also offered: a minor in geography