Students in the geography program choose one of four concentrations for their coursework: meteorology and climatology; watershed and ecosystems; economic geography and development; or geographic information systems (GIS).
Many geography courses provide the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience. For example, students take field trips to local sites to collect water or soil samples; conduct sample analysis in on-campus lab spaces; broadcast weather forecasts in front of a green screen; create maps and analyze data spatially in a GIS computer lab; and interview personnel from local manufacturing firms to understand operations.
In addition, all geography majors have the opportunity to conduct research through a senior thesis, independent study, internships, or service learning courses. The program also offers place-based courses at locations such as caves in Pennsylvania and Virginia; islands in the Bahamas; Thailand; and China. Students learn about the physical and human geography of these locations during these transformative trips.
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