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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

West Chester University GIS - Sharing Data to Create Smarter Communities

Welcome to West Chester University's Open GIS Data provided by the Department of Geography and Planning. If you are looking for geospatial data on the University, our work with surrounding municipalities, or Chester County as a whole, you've come to the right place. This Open Data site is dedicated to providing users with GIS data to energize research, planning, and future development in our communities.

http://data1-wcupagis.opendata.arcgis.com/

NEW GRADUATE DEGREE OPTION APPROVED!

In 2017 the Geography & Planning Department unveiled 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 Grace McDonough & Caitlin Pedersen who are the 2017 George Fasic Planning Scholarship recipients! To read more about this year's winners, click here.

NEW UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTION

In 2016 the Geography & Planning Department 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Katelyn Thompson

News and Upcoming Events

  • The ESRI 2018 User Conference 'GIS-Inspiring What's Next' will be held on July 9-13, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. For more information click here.
  • The American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter (PA APA) 2018 Annual Conference will be held on October 14-16, 2018 at the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, PA. For more information click here.
  • The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2018 Annual Conference will be held on October 25-28, 2018 at the University at Buffalo, NY. For more information click here.
  • The American Association of Geographers Middle States Division (MSAAG) Fall Meeting will be held on October 26-27, 2018 at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. For more information click here.
  • The Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS) 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on November 9, 2018 at Villanova University. For more information click here.
  • The American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on April 3-7, 2019 in Washington, DC. For more information click here.
  • The American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference will be held on April 13-16, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. For more information click here.
  • West Chester University now offers a 12 credit On-Line Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.