Geography as a scientific field is devoted to the study of the Earth’s landforms, oceans, river and ecosystems, and the interactions between human societies and their environments. Generally defined, geography is:
“…the study of the Earth’s physical features and environments including how they impact and are impacted by human activity. Geography includes the study of patterns of human population distribution, land use, and resource management using the latest family of spatial technology such as global positioning systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Spatial Analytics.
Geographers have an intense curiosity about the world. We ask questions and investigate spatial relationships between the various social, economic, and environmental phenomena for real-world problem solving. Geographers are equipped with skillsets and tools such as analytical methods, field techniques, computer technology, data handling and analytics, and cartographic display. We address the dimensions of space and time. Using the latest state-of-the-art tools and technologies offered by the Geographic Information Sciences, we contribute to the development of public policy and strongly influence the ways in which societies view the world. From the public to the political, from growth and development to government and defense, geography touches every aspect of our lives. We use geography and geospatial technologies to make better-informed decisions in areas such as business and industry, urban growth and development, planning and policy, physical and ecological environments, interactions of people and places over space and time, and the diffusion of information and innovation across the world.
Geographic Information Science and associated geospatial technologies are truly ubiquitous in today’s world. Named by the U.S. Government as one of the three most significant growth areas for the next 25 years, geospatial technology is positioned to drive world change well into the future.
A simple response to the age-old question of, “Why Geography?”
“Because we do important stuff!”
A minor in Geography requires a minimum of twenty-three (23) semester hours and must include GY 120 OR GY 220; GY 250, GY 252 and GY 251, GY 253 OR GL 241, GL 243 and GL 242, GL 244; GY 208. In addition, nine (9) hours of 300/400 courses must be chosen.