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Geography and Planning

General Geography Track

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Geography and Planning

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

Name: Heather McQueen
Position: Department Secretary

General Geography Track

The General Geography Track is for students who have a broad interest in geography and want to have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects in the discipline. This track prepares students for a number of career choices and for graduate study in geography, planning, or related disciplines. Students who have completed the general geography degree have gone on to work in public agencies such as the EPA, Census Bureau, CIA and Forestry service. Alumni also work in private sector consulting jobs and in the non-profit sector such as land conservancies.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online . Paper copies can be found in Ruby Jones Hall, from either the department secretary in room 103, or the bookcase across from room 104. Advising sheets are subject to change; majors should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

Required Courses

In addition to the general education requirements, foreign language requirements, and geography major core requirements, students in this track are required to take the following courses (9 semester hours):

  • GEO 101 World Geography OR GEO 103 Human Geography
  • Two additional geography courses selected under advisement

Elective Courses

Five additional elective courses (15 semester hours) are selected from set groupings that will enable the student to take a course in one of each of the following specialties:

  • Regional Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Environmental
  • Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Four additional geography courses (12 semester hours) are selected under advisement based on the student's interests.

For more information on this track, please contact Dr. Joan Welch.

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