Geography, Geology and the Environment
Students in the Applied Geographic Technology program study the links between human beings and their environment as well as the links between one area of the earth’s surface with another. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in technical occupations, planning, or postgraduate studies. The applied geographic technology student investigates the geographic study of environmental, economic, cultural, and political processes and becomes proficient in the fast growing field of geographic information technology. This program emphasizes the collection, analysis, and representation of earth data at scales ranging from the local to the global. Opportunities abound for students to engage in fieldwork, internships, and in the production of research in our department. If you enjoy learning about the Earth and its peoples and landscapes, either in your back yard or far away, please consider the opportunities our program provides.
The Applied Geographic Technology program provides students with a base in liberal arts skills (critical thinking, writing, and speaking) and in analytical skills such as data collection in the field, in the library, and on the computer; the use of global positioning systems; and the use of mapping, spreadsheet, and database software. Many of our students have found work that allows them to address important environmental and social issues in the private or public sector. Representative employment areas for our graduates include environmental consulting, pollution remediation, environmental monitoring, environmental law or public policy, resource management, geographic information systems analysis, nonprofit environmental organizations, and planning.