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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair
Email: DIvesDewey@wcupa.edu

Name: Heather MacQueen
Position: Department Secretary
Email: HMacQueen@wcupa.edu

 

 

NEW GRADUATE DEGREE OPTION APPROVED!

Beginning FALL 2017 the Geography & Planning Department will offer a new graduate degree: a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (click here for advising sheet).

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program is designed to prepare students to work as professional planners, economic development specialists, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts and in related fields. Building on the core technology strengths of the department and College, the program will ensure students are trained with cutting-edge geospatial technologies for advanced planning and design applications related to land use and economic development. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a 48-credit program that has been designed to accommodate full- or part-time students. The program has been designed to meet all the standards for accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board. The program includes a 24-credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a profession field, analytical methods and plan implementation. Students choose 21 elective credits based on their interests and desired skills and knowledge for career preparation. All students completed a capstone project.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the public, not-for-profit, and public sectors. For more information, please contact Dorothy Ives Dewey, Ph.D., AICP, PP, Chair of the Geography & Planning Department, Professor of Planning, divesdewey@wcupa.edu, 610-436-2746.

CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY FEATURED!

Our very own Professor Gary Coutu and our students' work featured on CBS Philly. Click here to view footage.

WHAT ARE OUR FORMER AND CURRENT STUDENTS UP TO?

  • Former grad student, Jacob Siegel, will spend 27 months in Madagascar volunteering for the Peace Corps. Read article here.
  • Congratulations to Katelyn Thompson and Rich Simpson, the 2016 George Fasic Planning Scholarship Recipients. Read more about this year's winners, click here.

NEW UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTION

In the Fall of 2016 the Geography & Planning Department has launched a new undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban and Environmental Planning (click here for advising sheet).

The BS Urban and Environmental Planning program is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional planners, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, and environmental specialists and in related fields. The program will ensure students are trained with cutting-edge geospatial technologies and with a deep knowledge of local and regional sustainability concerns.

The program is unique due to the full integration of geospatial technologies and sustainability throughout the curriculum. Geospatial technologies have been rapidly expanding and evolving in recent years. An abundance of spatially-oriented information is emerging from aerial photography, satellite remote sensing, image processing, global positioning systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Geospatial technologies permeate all layers of society with GPS-enabled smartphones, to real-time traffic maps, to increasingly more sophisticated data availability from satellites and other remote sensing sources.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified the geospatial technology sector as one of the three technology areas that would create the greatest number of new jobs over the next decade.

The focus on sustainability will result in a curriculum that incorporates more solutions to some of our greatest contemporary challenges, such as uncovering solutions and adaptations to global climate change. Considering the multiple components of sustainability, the program offers the integration of economic development, environmental protection, social priorities and place-based problem solving.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the public, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Whether planners, environmental specialists or GIS analysts, the program provides future practitioners with the knowledge, technical skills, and values to enable them to become effective professionals.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Ives Dewey, Ph.D., AICP, PP, Chair of the Geography & Planning Department, Professor of Planning, divesdewey@wcupa.edu, 610-436-2746.

2016 Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Bubka

News

  • On April 5, a team of five faculty and six students will represent WCU at the National Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Five students, including Amber Blum, Kendra McMillin, Lesmes Mora-Jerez, Sean McLaughlin and Kyle Erisman will present research. Learn more about the conference here.
  • West Chester University now offers a 12 credit On-Line Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).