Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Geography, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Applied Geographic Technology

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Outcome 1 (GES):  Each graduate shall develop general knowledge and understanding of the concepts of location, place, human environment interactions, movement, and region.
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of physical features and patterns of the physical environment
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of features and patterns of the human environment
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of concepts such as absolute and relative location, proximity, separation, direction, region, hierarchy, density, and dispersion, and methods that are used to describe and analyze spatial patterns
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of absolute location systems such as latitude-longitude and alpha-numeric grids
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of major spatial features and patterns in the natural environment such as those relating to climate, oceans, soils, landforms, and vegetation
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the major processes, such as evolution, atmospheric circulation, weathering and erosion, ocean currents, plate tectonics, and volcanism that shape patterns in the natural environment.
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the major spatial features and patterns in the cultural environment such as language, religion, and agriculture and economic, political, and demographic regions
    • Each graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the major processes such as settlement, migration, trade, technological development, diffusion, and landscape transformation that shape cultural patterns

Geology, Geology, and the Environment, Overall

  • Outcome 1:  Each graduate will develop strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment, and exhibit professional attitudes and behavior.
    • Each graduate will deliver oral presentations, demonstrating the ability to effectively communicate discipline-specific concepts
    • Each graduate will write scholarly papers using acceptable format and organization with proper citations to appropriate literature.
    • Each graduate will actively participate in collaborative projects and in academic field trips
    • Each graduate will demonstrate professionalism and integrity in his/her academic conduct
    • Each graduate shall develop the ability to respect and integrate diverse worldviews in problem-solving frameworks
  • Outcome 2:  Each graduate shall possess and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Each graduate will demonstrate the ability to develop valid research questions and hypotheses
    • Each graduate will demonstrate the ability to apply proper techniques for data acquisition and interpretation in a problem-solving context
    • Each graduate will demonstrate the ability to solve open-ended problems using scientific methodology
    • Each graduate will develop the ability to make informed, scientifically-based decisions regarding environmental issues
  • Outcome 3:  Each graduate shall develop skills in quantitative, qualitative, technological, laboratory, and field procedures.
    • Each graduate will learn and employ accepted laboratory and field techniques, protocols, and safety procedures
    • Each graduate will learn to read, construct, and comprehend thematic maps and derive perspective output from a map
    • Each graduate will demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge, concepts and techniques from complementary disciplines to solve problems

Related Links

Geography - Applied Geographic Technology, BS Program Page

Geography, Geology, and the Environment Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42-44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements58-60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
Select one of the following:3-4
Science of Life
CHEM 1xx
100 Level Chemistry & Lab
100 Level Biology & Lab
Physical Sciences Inquiry
Select one of the following:3-4
Understanding the Physical World
100 Level Environmental Geoscience & Lab
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42-44

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 27 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 27 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Basic Core
GES 150The Natural Environment 13
GES 205Cultural Geography 13
GES 315Cartography I 13
GES 331Economic Geography 13
Techniques Core
GES 115Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 13
GES 220General Methods of Fieldwork 13
GES 325Introduction to Geographic Information Science 13
EGEO 272Introduction to Georeports/Lab 11
Applied Geographic Technology Core
GES 345Population Analysis 13
GES 410Remote Sensing 13
GES 415Cartography II 13
GES 425Advanced Geographic Information Systems 13
GES 426Environmental Modeling 13
Other Required Technology Core
CPSC 130Introduction to Computing and Programming3
CPSC 146Programming Principles3
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following:3
Internship 1
Applied Geospatial Technologies 1
Independent Study 1
Special Interest Area
Select four courses from special interest area 212-14
Total Hours58-60

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Example: geography, geology, economics, biology, criminal, political science, marketing, communication, history, parks and recreation, public health and so on under consultation with student’s Academic Adviser.

Note: at least four courses must be 300 level or above.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Service-learning classes
  4. Internships
  5. Volunteering

Concentration in Applied Geographic Technology (AGET)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 8-2019
UCC 11/27/2018

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GES 115 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3
GES 150 The Natural Environment 3
EGEO 131
or Understanding the Physical World
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
CPSC 130 Introduction to Computing and Programming 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Free elective/minor 3
Second Year
GES 220 General Methods of Fieldwork 3
CPSC 146 Programming Principles 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2
EGEO 272 Introduction to Georeports/Lab 1
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Humanities Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free elective/minor 3
Third Year
GES 315 Cartography I 3
GES 325 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
GES 205 Cultural Geography 3
Free elective/minor 3
Free elective/minor 3
GES 415 Cartography II 3
GES 426 Environmental Modeling 3
Major elective 3
Major elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
GES 410 Remote Sensing 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free elective/minor 3
Major elective 3
GES 331 Economic Geography 3
GES 345 Population Analysis 3
GES 450 Internship 3
Free elective/minor 3
 Total Hours**119

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6142
Concentration Code: AGET
Revised: 08.27.2015