College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Geographic Science and Community Planning, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2022

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science and Community Planning integrates geographic knowledge and GIS mapping technologies with the problem-solving fields of community planning and urban design. This educational framework prepares students for careers in creating more livable and sustainable communities, while contributing to a better world.
 
Coursework for this degree provides a strong foundation in geography and an option to select one of three available emphases. Geospatial Technologies engages students in the analysis of spatial data through geographic information systems and remote sensing. The Community Planning and Development emphasis introduces students to the professional field of land use planning including the development review process, comprehensive plans and ordinances, environmental impact studies and law and ethics. Human-Environmental Systems explores the interrelationships between natural and social systems to solve pressing societal-environmental issues.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Global Awareness and Engagement: GSP Graduates will be able to articulate how external or global processes influence and interact with local places and development decisions.
  • Sustainable Environments and Communities: GSP Graduates will be able to evaluate and design more sustainable and livable places while considering the interrelationships between physical and human environments.
  • Our Diverse World: GSP Graduates will be able to objectively appraise different perspectives and approaches originating from diverse places and physical environments.
  • Written Communication: GSP graduates will be able to professionally communicate synthesized knowledge, research, and designs through written products appropriate for diverse audiences and perspectives.
  • Oral Communication: GSP graduates will be able to professionally communicate synthesized knowledge, research, and designs  through oral presentations for diverse audiences.
  • Geospatial Techniques: GSP graduates will be able to interpret, design, and produce quality 2D and 3D computer-generated maps and illustrations that communicate spatial knowledge at local, regional, and global scales.
  • Planning and Participation: GSP graduates will be able to work effectively in teams to design more sustainable places through the synthesis and input of various disciplinary and community perspectives.
  • Research and Analysis: GSP graduates will be able to apply relevant qualitative and quantitative research methods to conduct scientific, objective inquiries at local, regional, and global scales. 
 
Geospatial Technologies Emphasis
With the successful completion of this emphasis, students will be able to:
  • Conduct geospatial analysis through applied project research using primary and secondary sources.  
  • Apply geospatial data and technology including GIS to collect, analyze, and present spatial information for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate competence with, and understanding of, the fundamental principles and processes associated within the primary sub-disciplines of physical geography and human-land interactions. 
 
Community Planning & Development Emphasis
With the successful completion of this emphasis, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a confident knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories related to public planning policy and related institutional and legal frameworks.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively through writing, public participation, teamwork, and professional presentations. 
  • Demonstrate effective and professional skills in project management and leadership.
Human-Environmental Systems
With the successful completion of this emphasis, students will be able to:
  • Critically analyze human-environmental relationships, identify causes of social and environmental problems and evaluate solutions.
  • Understand and explain the economic and social processes of development and globalization.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences through written, oral and graphic means

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