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Geography and Planning

Undergraduate Programs

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Geography and Planning

Address:
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 McQueen
Position: Department Secretary
Email: HMacQueen@wcupa.edu

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Geography and Planning offers two undergraduate degrees; a BS in Urban and Environmental Planning and a BA in Geography. The BA in Geography degree has four areas of specialty (or tracks) that students can follow.

  • BS Urban and Environmental Planning (click here for advising sheet)
  • BA Geography, there are four areas of specialty, or tracks, that students can follow as shown below:
  1. General Geography - for students wanting an overall mix of geography courses.
  2. Environmental Geography - encourages environmental awareness; promotes research and service that fosters regional and global sustainability.
  3. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - focuses on techniques in spatial analysis, cartography, environmental modeling, geodatabases, and internet-based GIS. Students are able to integrate GIS into their course/degree projects work, and thesis, as well as presentations and research.
  4. Elective Social Studies - incorporates the courses necessary for certification to teach.

We also offer two minors:

  1. Geography and Planning
  2. Business GIS

Contact Information

For more information on programs in Geography and Planning, contact:

Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey, Chair
West Chester University
Department of Geography and Planning
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2343 or 2746
DIvesDewey@wcupa.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

The BA in Geography prepares students for a variety of career choices in planning, environmental work, population and site analysis, and for entry into many government agencies such as EPA, Census Bureau, CIA, and Forestry Service, as well as private sector jobs. Students who elect to go on for graduate degrees are usually accepted, often with full financial support, and complete those programs successfully.

The degree program has several tracks and options, but minimally involves 7 geography classes, 5 additional social science courses (which can be geography), and 15 hours of cognate courses as well as university requirements. Presently, the four tracks include:

The advising process gives students careful individual attention so that their interests are met, and they may graduate in a timely manner. Students who enter the program as first year students can graduate in four years with no difficulty.

Minor in Geography and Planning

Geo Minor

This six-course minor appeals to students of many majors. Selection of courses under this minor is flexible so that, for example, the Business student can build a sequence of courses that include Business Geographics, Economic Geography, and perhaps some international courses. As another example, the Biology or Geology major can build a sequence of courses that are in the environmental realm (e.g., conservation of natural resources, environmental planning) and also select some of the techniques and tools courses, such as Geographic Information Systems. Elementary education majors would choose still a different array of courses.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online . Paper copies can be found on the 5th floor of the College of Business and Public Management Building outside of room 505. Advising sheets are subject to change; majors should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

Required Course: (1 course, 3 credit hours)

  • GEO 101 World Geography OR GEO 103 Human Geography

Elective courses: (5 courses, 15 credit hours) Selected in consultation with Minor Advisor.

Minor in Business Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This six course minor program in Business Geographic Information Systems (GIS) builds a sequence of statistical and computer courses, and provides students with the spatial analysis skills applied to business-oriented data and questions. It is designed for students in business programs (management, marketing, economics, and accounting) but may be taken by others. Course work focuses on developing expertise with GIS.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online . Paper copies can be found on the 5th floor of the College of Business and Public Management Building outside of room 505. Advising sheets are subject to change; majors should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

Required Courses: (3 courses, 9 credit hours)

  1. GEO 325 Business GIS
  2. GEO 425 GIS: Business Applications
  3. ECO 251 Quantitative Business Analysis I OR GEO 326 Geographical Analysis OR MAT 121 Statistics I

Elective Courses: (3 courses, 9 credit hours)

Select in consultation with Minor Advisor, usually recommended from the following courses.

  1. GEO 324 Introduction to GIS
  2. GEO 424 GIS Applications
  3. GEO 213 Social Sci GIS
  4. GEO 214 Introduction to Planning
  5. GEO 318 Economic Geography
  6. GEO 328 Computer Graphics
  7. GEO 331 Transportation Planning
  8. GEO 338 Environmental App: GIS
  9. GEO 401 Internet Mapping
  10. GEO 427 Geodatabase Systems
  11. MIS 300 Introduction to MIS
  12. MIS 301 Introduction to Business Software
  13. GEO 415 Internship (GIS related)
  14. MKT 461 Internship (GIS related)
  15. MGT 341 Production Operations
  16. MGT 486 Internship (GIS related)

 

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