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Geography and Planning

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Track

This track focuses on the use and applications of geospatial technologies and analysis techniques. The department offers 11 GIS courses as well as courses with integrated GIS components and exercises. Students develop skills and experience through lab assignments, course projects, internships, collaborative research and the Senior Seminar. GIS is a rapidly expanding field. It is a $5 billion global industry with double digit growth over the last decade. This track prepares students for a number of career choices and for graduate study in geography, earth sciences, planning, or related disciplines.

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 on 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 324 Introduction to GIS
  • GEO 328 Computer Cartography
  • GEO 424 GIS Applications

Elective Courses

Two additional elective courses (6 semester hours) are selected from other GIS courses:

  • GEO 213 GIS for the Social Sciences
  • GEO 215 GIS for Criminal Justice
  • GEO 325 Business Geographics
  • GEO 338 Environmental Applications of GIS
  • GEO 401 Internet Mapping
  • GEO 403 Planning Design
  • GEO 415 Internship in Geography and Planning
  • GEO 425 GIS: Business Applications
  • GEO 427 Geodatabase Systems

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 Gary W. Coutu.

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